North Dakota man pleads guilty to negligent homicide in deadly farm accident

March 9, 2023

JAMESTOWN, N.D.  – A Gackle, North Dakota man accused of driving a combine while under the influence has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.

Forty two year-old Ryan Storbeck aces up to 5 years in prison on the class C felony charge. Storbeck pleaded guilty in East Central District Court on Tuesday.

Storbeck was accused of causing the death of 57 year-old Johannes Steenberg of South Africa on Sep. 6, 2022.

Authorities said Steenberg was standing next to a grain cart when the combine, driven by Storbeck came around the cart and struck him.

According to court documents, Storbeck had a blood alcohol content of 0.11% at the time of the accident. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 5.