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Death sentence upheld in Sjodin abduction case

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a convicted rapist for the 2003 kidnapping and killing of a University of North Dakota student in a case that led Minnesota and North Dakota to toughen their sex-offender laws.

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The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, got a fair trial and rejected his bid to overturn his death sentence. The defense said it would appeal.

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