Winchester Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Voluntary Manslaughter


A Winchester man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday by Second District Judge Mark Monson for the shooting death of John Mast.  69-year-old James Brashear was convicted of voluntary manslaughter by a jury in August.

Brashear shot and killed 40-year-old Mast, of Williston, N.D., on Feb. 5, 2021, in the Rosauers parking lot in Lewiston. Mast was Brashear’s former son-in-law and was in a custody dispute for his children, Brashear’s grandchildren.

The judge gave Brashear the maximum sentence by giving him a minimum sentence of 15 years plus credit for time served. Brashear has been in jail awaiting his trial and sentencing for almost three years.

He was also sentenced to pay $245.50 in court costs, a $7,500 fine, $5,000 to Mast’s parents and just over $8,500 in restitution to a victim fund.

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