Man Sentenced For Role In Watford City Oil Theft Scheme

(Watford City, ND) — The last of four men involved in a Watford City area oil theft scheme has been sentenced. The four were charged for stealing more than two-million-dollars worth of oil between 2020 and 2022. For his role in the theft ring, Darrell Merrell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and dealing in stolen property. At his recent sentencing hearing, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 19 years suspended. The other three co-conspirators have all been sentenced and are currently in prison.

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