An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a woman in northern Minnesota. The man, who was the woman's boyfriend, will spend more than 16 years in prison based on the court's sentence that was given Feb. 25. By the time the case made it to court, the 41-year-old man opted to plead guilty to second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony crime.
The homicide occurred in 2018. An investigation began when the remains of the man's 28-year-old girlfriend were discovered in a shallow grave in July of 2018 in the northern part of Minnesota. The grave was discovered on a property owned by a member of the man's family located about 100 miles north of Duluth near Cook.
The man who was subsequently charged with the woman's murder and sentenced admitted to having strangled her. He stated that the incident took place at his family's farmhouse. The man was later discovered in Edwardsburg, Mich., where he was captured by authorities near a campground. The man's mother stated that she is grateful that her son is off the streets and "can't harm anyone." Reports gave no motive for the man's actions.
Because of the severity of murder charges, accused individuals are encouraged to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. While every situation is different, a criminal defense attorney may be able to make an effort to either have charges dismissed entirely or reduced. This process sometimes involves negotiating a deal with prosecutors. In other instances, evidence and police procedures may be questioned.