Bond set for 3 more suspects in Williston slaying

Farm Forum

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – Bond has been set for three more suspects in the fatal shooting of a hobby rancher whose body was found in a garbage dump on a Williston property.

Six people are charged in the death of Jack Sjol, 58, whose body was found May 14, three weeks after his family reported him missing. Five of the suspects are local residents, while the sixth is from Washington State.

”We don’t understand why Jack would have any connection with these people,” daughter-in-law Christy Sjol told The Forum newspaper.

Bond earlier was set at $1 million for Ryan Stensaker, who has been charged with murder in the shooting of Sjol. He could enter a plea Aug. 5, according to court documents.

Northwest District Judge Josh Rustad on July 9 set bond at $1 million for Jeremy Weyrauch, 31, of Williston, and at $25,000 each for Issac Steen, 31, of Williston, and Amber Jensen, 29, of Williston.

Weyrauch is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, along with Ronald Gibbons, 27, who is jailed in Washington State on a separate domestic violence charge. Court documents did not list his hometown.

Issac Steen and his sister Teresa Steen, 33, of Williston, are charged with facilitation of murder. Authorities are still searching for Teresa Steen.

Jensen is charged with hindering law enforcement.

Authorities say Stensaker, Weyrauch and Gibbons conspired to kill Sjol, that the Steens allowed Sjol’s body to remain in a garbage dump on their property, and that Jensen withheld information from investigators. Jensen said she has spoken with investigators daily.

Authorities have not discussed a possible motive in the slaying.

Weyrauch, Isaac Steen and Jenson have no attorneys assigned to their cases. Attorney Mark Douglas, who represents Issac Steen in other cases related to drugs, said his client has been cooperating with authorities.

Stensaker also faces firearm and drug charges, while Weyrauch faces drug and bail-jumping charges in Williams County. Jensen’s criminal history includes felony theft of property and narcotics-related convictions.

Family members are struggling to cope with the death of Sjol, a father of two and grandfather of five who Christy Sjol said worked from sunup to sundown.

”Everybody will tell you about his smile,” she said.

Jack Sjol was born in Minot and had lived in the Williston area for more than 30 years. He retired from his job with the city of Williston two years ago and lived on his hobby ranch. He underwent chemotherapy for colon cancer last summer but beat the disease and was in good health, Christy Sjol said.

”We thought we were going to lose him to cancer, not anything like this,” she said.