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Bovey man sentenced for Grand Rapids murder

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A northern Minnesota man has been sentenced to at least 35 years in prison for a fatal shooting in Grand Rapids just before Christmas.

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The sentence imposed by a judge in Itasca County Thursday says 26-year-old William Levi Payne will have to serve at least 35 years of a 52½ year sentence in prison followed by supervision release.

Prosecutors say Payne went to the home of 59-year-old Rosemary Oberg-Johnson on Dec. 22 and shot her and her 32-year-old son Paul Johnson, then kidnapped his estranged wife who was visiting the home. Oberg-Johnson later died of her injuries. Her son survived.

The Bovey man earlier entered guilty pleas to second-degree murder, kidnapping and five other charges.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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