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Leith Residents React to Craig Cobb Sentencing

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The end of the Craig Cobb saga has been a long time coming, especially for residents of Leith.

Some of the victims of Cobb's crimes say they're relieved this whole thing is over.

Lee Cook, who moved to North Dakota to get away from violence and hatred, says it may never be over.

Too much has changed.

"We lived across the street from the lunatic. I had to fear for my kids walking outside. I had to fear for my own life walking outside." says Cook.

"Lee was in the worst position of everybody. He lived within 200 feet of this man. He has three children within 200 feet of this man. He had to literally move out of the town for two months." says Schock.

Leith Mayor Ryan Schock thinks Cobb got off easy.

That the charges don't fit the crime...

"The only sense of closure I got out of it is.. it is over today, but on the other hand it really isn't over. Because when will it be over? When will we know that we are safe back in our homes, back in town. Are we ever going to be safe again?" says Ryan Schock/ Leith Mayor.

Many Leith residents traveled to Bismarck for the hearing, but not all.

When we found Preston Hauge in Leith, he hadn't heard the news.

"I think he should have gotten a lot worse. I don't know what went on in Canada, but it's the same as what happened here, and I'm sure once he leaves here he'll do it again. I think that's what his life consists of, causing problems. He has nothing better to do." says Hauge.

Looking at Leith, you wouldn't know things have changed, but residents say things have changed, dramatically.

The man who moved here, who brought national attention with him, and pledged to make this a white supremacist community, left his mark.

About a dozen people currently live in Leith.

Mayor Schock says some of Cobb's friends still own land in town, even though Cobb no longer does.

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