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Fargo man sentenced on manslaughter, terrorizing charges for fatal fight

Daniel Habiger appears in Cass County District Court on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. David Samson / Forum News Service

FARGO — A Fargo man was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 15, to serve more than a decade in prison in connection with the death of an acquaintance during a fight in March.

Daniel Habiger, originally charged with murder, was sentenced to 17 years on charges of felony manslaughter and terrorizing stemming from a fatal fight at Habiger's north Fargo apartment in March.

He will serve 14 years in prison and spend the remaining three years on supervised probation. He was given credit for 259 days in jail.

Habiger pleaded guilty to his charges in September in Cass County District Court following several months of delay due to evaluations that needed to be completed concerning his mental state of at the time of the incident, whether he was able to participate in his own defense and if he was fit to stand trial.

According to court documents, Habiger called 911 from a gas station on March 2, reporting that he had killed someone at his apartment at 701 10th St. N.

Habiger told investigators that he, Jarryd Heis, 32, and another man had been drinking. Habiger said Heis threatened him and his family. Habiger told police he “choked out” Heis and kicked him in the head after he choked him, because Heis was still moving, according to court documents.