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Bergstrand Changes Plea to Guilty in Federal Case

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A Bismarck man reaches a plea agreement in what began as an attempted human trafficking case.

Shawn Bergstrand was arrested in July and charged with the crime--a class 'a' felony.

The state dismissed the case in September so it could be prosecuted in federal court.

Prosecutors there charged Bergstrand with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.

U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme says Bergstrand agreed to change his plea to guilty on one count of coercion or enticement of a minor earlier this month.

No change of plea date has been set.

The charge carries a maximum of twenty years in prison and from a minimum of five years to a lifetime of supervised release.

Bergstrand was arrested last July after initiating email contact with a female believed to be sex trafficking her daughters for money.

Bismarck police say he then made arrangements through texts and emails to pay for sex with the minor daughters.

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