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Crookston woman sentenced for role in Flying J murder

Lorie Ortiz

FARGO — A Crookston, Minn., woman who pleaded guilty to destroying evidence to protect the man who ordered a March 2016 murder at a Grand Forks truck stop has been sentenced to serve almost six years in federal prison.

Lorie Ortiz, 33, was sentenced to 70 months in prison Monday, Nov. 27, by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson for her role as an accessory after the fact in the murder of 24-year-old Austin B. Forsman at the Flying J truckstop.

A jury found Modesto Alfredo Torrez, 35, guilty in October of ordering Forsman's death and leading a methamphetamine trafficking ring in the Red River Valley. Torrez will be sentenced Friday.

Krystal Lynn Feist, 32, pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Forsman with a shotgun on Torrez's orders because of what testimony described as a misunderstanding regarding the safety of Torrez's cousin, Aaron Morado. Feist was sentenced last month to 31 years in prison.

Ortiz was with Torrez the night of Forsman's murder, according to testimony, and helped Torrez destroy cell phones associated with the killing.

Ortiz was ordered to pay $9,409 in restitution and will be on three years supervised release after her prison term.

She was one of 13 people indicted in the murder and the methamphetamine ring that spawned it, all of whom have now pleaded guilty.