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Poitra sentenced to life behind bars

On the evening of February 19, 2023, Nicholas Poitra, 46, walked into Rindy's Bar in Sheyenne and killed 30-year-old Troyal Thumb less than 10 minutes later.

He then held several bar patrons at gunpoint as he stole a set of car keys, and went on to lead law enforcement on a tense 65-hour-long manhunt.

It wasn't until February 22, when Poitra was spotted on a county road and held at gunpoint by a l...