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DL man sentenced to 34 years in prison for murder

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A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced to 34½ years in prison, the maximum amount, after being found guilty of second degree murder with intent in the death of Travis Buckanaga.

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Ronald Quiceno, 39, was sentenced this afternoon to 415 months in prison for the shooting of Buckanaga on Jan. 26.

He was also sentenced to 60 months for being a felon in possession of a firearm, which he will serve concurrently with the murder term. That means the 60 months for the firearms violation will be served at the same time as the 415 months for the murder conviction.

Quiceno was sentenced to 36 months in prison for second degree assault after injuring Barris Guy during the same incident on Jan. 26. That prison term will run consecutive to the murder sentence, which means he will serve the 36 months after the 415 months for murder.

In August, a jury found Quiceno guilty of the three charges plus second degree murder without intent. He couldn’t be sentenced for two second degree murder charges though, so he was sentenced for three of the four counts of which he was found guilty.

Judge Lisa Borgen said she sentenced Quiceno at the top end of the range set by the Department of Corrections because of Quiceno’s criminal history and because Buckanaga’s “type of death was horrific.”

Quiceno shot Buckanaga five times in the early morning hours of Jan. 26 at the Kountry Manor Mobile Home Park north of Detroit Lakes.

The two men started to rap and a heated argument led to Buckanaga punching Quiceno in the face. Quiceno left the home, came back in and fired shots at Buckanaga. Guy was also hit in the neck by at least one of the shots.

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