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Appeals court rejects argument by member of oil patch gang

BISMARCK, N.D. — A member of a violent North Dakota oil patch drug gang who blamed his angry outbursts in court on a traumatic brain injury has lost his appeal in federal court.

Brian Dahl, also known as Kodiak, was sentenced in November 2014 to 17 years in prison for conspiring to distribute large quantities of meth and possessing a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Dahl’s argument that the brain injury suffered in a 2007 truck accident made it difficult for him to understand the proceedings and a judge should have granted his request for a psychological examination and competency hearing.

Dahl was a member of a group that called themselves “The Family” and kidnapped and tortured one of their own members.

In related news, Gang members: to North Dakota and back again.

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