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Self-styled bounty hunter pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges in N.D.

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FARGO – A self-styled bounty hunter accused of breaking down the wrong door in a hunt for a fugitive this fall pleaded guilty Tuesday to three misdemeanor charges.

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Rene Greeno, 27, of Summerville, S.C., originally faced a felony charge of criminal trespass, but it was reduced to a misdemeanor. Along with that count, he was sentenced on misdemeanor charges of false information and criminal mischief.

Judge Steven Marquart of Cass County District Court gave Greeno credit for spending 64 days in jail and ordered him to serve a year on unsupervised probation.

Greeno and four others were accused of kicking in a Fargo woman’s apartment door in September while searching for a wanted man. They didn’t find the man, but their search led to a woman wanted on drug possession and weapons charges.

Fargo police said Greeno was operating as a bounty hunter without a license. Court documents said Greeno and members of his team later lied to Fargo investigators about breaking into the apartment.

Greeno has a YouTube reality show called “Southern Bounty.”

He also faces felony charges of domestic battery and theft in Tippecanoe County, Ind., and is set for an extradition hearing Thursday.

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