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33-year-old man accused of murdering his grandparents

In March, a Minnesota man was accused of murdering his grandparents. According to news reports, the 33-year-old Paynesville man was living with his grandparents when the alleged murder occurred.

The grandparents were reported missing on March 18. Their Toyota Prius was discovered about 20 miles west from Paynesville on Kandiyohi County road. The two bodies were discovered underneath a piece of carpeting inside the vehicle. The grandson was found a half mile away from the vehicle just a few hours later. He was subsequently taken into custody.

Authorities said that the man was accused of tying up the grandfather and choking him with a plastic bag. It was also alleged that he strangled the grandmother with an electrical cord. Police also found blood on the floor of the couple's garage and one of the grandmother's eyeglass lenses in though drain, though it did appear as if there was an effort to clean up. The man was charged with two counts of second-degree murder. If he is convicted on both charges, he could face a maximum prison sentence of 40 years.

A person may be charged with 2nd degree murder if the incident was not premeditated but there was intent. Likewise, a person may face 3rd degree murder charges if the act was not premeditated and not intended. In addition to a prison sentence, those who are convicted on murder charges could find it difficult to find employment and housing once they are released due to their criminal record. Because these types of charges are life-changing, a criminal law attorney may challenge the evidence or determine what defenses may be viable dependent on the circumstances of the case.

Source: CBS Minnesota, "Man Charged With Murder In Grandparents' Deaths", Bill Hudson, March 26, 2018

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