Eight conspirators planned to kill family, burn down house over $200 in pot and some cash

Categories: Crime, Drugs
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WDAY screengrab
These bumbling northern Minnesota would-be killers didn't exactly give the Crips a run for their money.
Eight people from the Fergus Falls area face conspiracy to commit murder charges after they launched an ill-fated plan to kill a small-time drug dealer with whom they had a beef.

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But here's the twist -- the man they planned to kill, 28-year-old Fikret Saric -- could end up spending more time in prison for shooting a gun at his would-be killers once he caught wind of the scheme.

The beef between Saric and the conspirators -- who according to prosecutors planned to kill everybody inside Saric's house, including his wife and kids -- was all about a backpack filled with a measly $200 in marijuana and $200 cash. WDAY TV reports that the backpack contained two ounces of pot, so it must've been some low-grade stuff.

The Fargo Forum details how the plot went awry:
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Fikret Saric
The backpack apparently belonged to one of the juvenile defendants. Some time prior to the alleged attempted murders, another juvenile allegedly stole the backpack and gave it to Saric and his associates, saying Saric had threatened to harm him for reasons not detailed in the criminal complaints.

Authorities believe the backpack's original owner then hatched a plot to retrieve it and enact violent revenge on Saric.

The plan, according to the complaints, was to go to Saric's home in two cars under the guise of buying marijuana from him. The conspirators then planned to storm the house, armed variously with bear mace, a knife, a lead pipe, a crowbar, a baseball bat, a machete and a gun, authorities alleged in court records.

They intended to kill everyone inside, pour gasoline throughout the house and then burn it to destroy the evidence, according to the complaints.

A witness who is not named in the complaint told police the conspirators "were all excited and that they were going to kill the others, take their (expletive), and there would be no witnesses."
But when two of the conspirators entered Saric's Pelican Rapids home around 11 p.m. on October 4, Saric noticed one of them was carrying a knife. He then chased them out of his house and fired a gun at a conspirator's car before hopping in a vehicle with acquaintances and giving chase.

One of the conspirators ended up calling 911 to report that Saric was trying to kill them. When police arrived, the conspirators told officers they were simply trying to buy drugs from Saric before he went bonkers, but that story quickly fell apart, as a conspirator's daughter informed police she overheard her mom and her bumbling colleagues putting together the murder scheme in the days leading up to October 4.

Three of the conspirators are juveniles and hence haven't been publicly identified. The other five are Kevin Forer, 18; Brandtly Hutson, 18; Kimberly Ryan, 36; and Branagen Theisen, 21, and Zack Stewart, 18.

Saric faces up to 40 years in prison for attempted murder; the conspirators face up to 30 years combined for conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit assault.

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and me, i used to work at mcdonalds :(


Stupid is a stupid does.  For sure.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Brandtly Hutson was the leader.  You can tell by his glasses he was the smart one.

Brad Benson
Brad Benson

Hope they have fun in prison with the real criminals

Anne C. Welch
Anne C. Welch

Over marijuana.... I dont believe it, these morons had to be on something else.

mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann : You are a useful idiot. You can tell because your comments are beyond retarded.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @mingtran  You aren't as funny or as smart as I am and it makes you really jealous.  That's why you troll me all the time even though I never talk to you.  You are just a boring troll loser who has nothing going on mentally or in his life.  One day you will die and McDonalds will have to hire a new janitor but thats about it as far as your impact will be felt.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @CinBlueland  You can search for Eric Richard charged with murder.......   keny and you make a bunch of racist comments before keny threatens me with sexual violence.  keny was banned for threats and racism already too.  So fuck off.  I've also had my account stolen by you guys.  I never do any of that.  You children can't take the insults.  You are a bad person.  You can't tell the truth in any shape.  Do you admit you are a racist?  That Eric Richard article features you saying racist things while defending keny who is usually racial slurs.  Since I posted a link why don't you explain why you feel the need to comment on race all the time?   Why do you only talk about race when its black people?   Do you admit your racist leanings are a big reason you don't like Obama?  You'd admit that's the sole reason keny doesn't like Obama right?  If you aren't a racist how come you are so worried about my swearing but not keny's racial slurs?   You've stood up for racism, sexism, homophobia.   Why do you tell me I can't be an asshole for being mean to mingtran but you have nothing to say to him about using the word "retard"?   You aren't a ref of civility, you are a bully asshole who gets mad when someone calls out what shitty people you , ming, and keny are.   The fact is your are a terrible evil person who doesn't care about anyone but himself.  You are racist, sexist, and homophobic.  You are a troll who pretends to get his panties in a bunch when he doesn't want to answer tough questions.  You don't give two shits about autistic kids because you would never call out ming's hate.  You are a phony asshole which is pretty much the most universally disliked human being on the planet. 

CinBlueland topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann  @Xenophilius another piece of the puzzle.. MB might be a guy, or a lesbian.

BTW, I might have missed it.. Can you link to where you were threatened with violence?

BTW nice that your GF works with autistic children, but that does not give you carte' blanche to be an asshole while purporting to defend them.


 @MicheleBachmann  Someone obviously forgot to take their Xanax this morning. No one has ever threatened you with violence.  When you respond to someone who (intelligently, I might add) reads you like a book, by telling them to "Fuck Off", it only adds extra points to your "Troll status".  When you further use words like "fuckface, fuckers, and assholes", you lose credibiity even from those who would normally agree with you. And finally, you stated that "mocking retards makes you angry". Well, if that is the case, you just insulted and angered everyone who is a fuckface (those who engage in oral sex), fuckers (those who engage in penetrative sex) and assholes (everyone has one). Basically, you just insulted the entire world.  Even Obama. Shame on you.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @Xenophilius Fuck you.  These guys have threatened me with violence.  I've never done that.  Excuse me for losing my cool when I'm insulted.  By the way fuckface, did I insult first?   Or did I crack a joke and then get insulted?   I will tell you one real thing about me scumbag.  My gf works with children with autism so I've seen children bullied by fuckers using the word "retarded" for years now.  I've told mingtran to not use that term and why I don't like it but he keeps using it to troll me since he knows it offends me.  Good thing you stood up for him eh fuckface?   You feel like a winner defending a guy who uses racial slurs and words like retarded because I disagree with him?   I never started with ming, that was the whole point of my post.  The guy is an asshole trying to offend.  Anyway, go fuck yourself you douchebag.  Only the biggest assholes in the world give their opinion without doing a gooddam thing.   Anyway thanks for your stupid opinion.  I bet you are proud you are on the same side as the guy that loves mocking "retards" cause it angers me. 


 @MicheleBachmann   Can you not see the irony in a supposed liberal calling a guy stupid by suggesting he's a janitor? Such a righteous progressive, aren't you? Smashing your opponents with traditional generalizations of success, intelligence, and worth, and you don't care what classist or elitist messages you enforce in ridiculing a person who is really the same as you - an extremist caricature of political argument. Why don't you just tell another prison rape joke to demonstrate how much you truly care about the poor and dispossessed? So much for living your beliefs.


How can you demand people accept your interpretations of race, class, and human experience when you feel comfortable saying such mean, childish shit to random strangers? You are not a progressive; you're an entitled, competitive asshole with some college under his belt and an allergy to civil discourse.


What do you even gain (supposedly defending progressive ideals) by calling someone a poor, stupid, lonely person? Do you feel like you won the internet war today darling - if you're lucky, maybe you made the guy on the other end of that screenname cry a little. What childhood and adolescent disappointments are you trying to bury  with this macho, inflammatory rhetoric?


I expect this behavior from Romneybots, but there's pretenders on all sides it seems. I don't know what you're trying to prove MB, but you've quickly ascended the ranks to official CityPages troll. Congratulations on your resounding successes in life - you have much more to be proud of than an elderly McDonald's janitor.

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