New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Billy Joe Herman gets life sentence

Sentence handed down for 2015 murder of Amanda Engst on Spirit Lake Reservation


October 28, 2019

FARGO - After four years, a heartbreaking chapter in the lives of Amanda Stach Engst's family came to a close Monday, Oct. 21, when a federal judge ruled that a man involved in her killing will spend the rest of his life in prison.

"We've been waiting four years for this day," said Denise Stevenson, Engst's mother, in a statement she gave in court before Judge Peter Welte handed down his sentence. 

Billy Joe Herman, 40, of Warwick, N.D., appeared Monday morning at the federal courthouse in downtown Fargo to continue a sentencing hearing that began Friday, Oct. 18. In April, he pleaded gui...

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