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Bemidji man's prison sentence stayed in fatal hit-and-run

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BEMIDJI - The driver in a hit-and-run accident that killed a Bemidji man last summer received a stayed prison sentence this week in Beltrami County District Court.

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Martin Erwin Ubert, 58, of Bemidji, was sentenced Monday to 13 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony criminal vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. His prison time was stayed for four years.

Ubert was ordered to serve 213 days in the Beltrami County Jail and has been credited for 213 days served. He is on four years of supervised probation.

Ubert struck and killed Christopher Lee Strong, 25, with his car early on July 31. Ubert and his girlfriend had left the Red Lake Casino at about 3 a.m.

A newspaper carrier found Strong's body at about 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of Grange and Nature roads northeast.

According to the criminal complaint, evidence indicated that Ubert turned his car around and drove past Strong's body after striking him. Ubert said he thought he had hit a bear. The complaint said Ubert had used methamphetamine five days earlier.

Ubert was on probation for refusing a breath test after hitting a woman's horse with his car in February 2013, according to Bemidji Pioneer archives.

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