North Dakota v. AuneAnnotate this Case
Steven Aune was convicted by jury of manslaughter. On May 1, 2019, Aune’s adult twin daughters were both living at his home. One of the daughters had been living with Aune for some time, but the other daughter, S.A., had only been staying with Aune for about one week prior to her death. Aune and S.A. had an argument, and Aune picked up a rifle during the argument, which fired and struck S.A. Aune did not call 911 or attempt to render any aid to S.A., but he allowed the other daughter to use his pickup to take S.A. to the nearest hospital. S.A. died as a result of the gunshot wound. On appeal, Aune argued the jury’s verdict was inconsistent and the district court relied on an impermissible sentencing factor, rendering his sentence illegal. Aune argued his conviction should have been reversed or, in the alternative, that his sentence should have been reversed. Finding no reversible error, the North Dakota Supreme Court affirmed.