North Dakota oil truck operator gets life term for two contract killings

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Posted: May 24, 2016 7:03 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. (Reuters) - A former trucking company operator from North Dakota's Bakken oil patch was sentenced on Tuesday to life in federal prison for his conviction on charges of orchestrating the contract killings of two business rivals.

James Terry Henrikson, 36, found guilty on murder-for-hire and other charges in February, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms by a U.S. district judge in Spokane, Washington, where one of the victims was shot to death.

In a rambling statement to the judge before he was sentenced, Henrikson expressed no remorse but spoke of his opposition to abortion and liberalized marijuana laws and said his case was an example of a need for tougher punishment of crimes.

"I believe this case should have been a death penalty case from the beginning," he said.

Henrikson's conviction stems from the slayings of two of his associates - the fatal shooting of an investor, Douglas Carlile, in 2013, and the bludgeoning death of an employee, Kristopher Clarke, in February 2012. Clarke's body has never been found.

(Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Bernard Orr)