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Former Lamoure County man, implicated in farmer's death, released from prison

FARGO (KFGO-AM) -- A man sentenced to ten years for killing an elderly Lamoure County farmer has been released after serving his time in prison.

Steve Thomas pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of 82-year old Norman Limesand in 1999. His son, Wes Limesand of Fargo, says his family is frustrated.  As part of a plea agreement, Thomas was supposed to help find the body but no trace was ever found.

Thomas said at the time he couldn't remember where he hid the body even after he was put under hypnosis. Thomas said he accidently shot Norman Limesand while hunting rabbits. Wes Limesand says Thomas killed his father in a dispute over water drainage. Norman Limesand's pickup was recovered in Moorhead.

North Dakota Parole and Probaton says Thomas is now living in the Williston area.