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Pine River man gets 40 years in killing

WALKER — A Pine River man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for a 2012 killing in which the body was later dismembered and burned.

Dane Joseph Riley, 29, was sentenced in Cass County court on Thursday. In December, he was convicted on charges of second-degree intentional murder, interference with a dead body and ineligible person in possession of a firearm.

The Cass County attorney’s office reported that the jury also found aggravating factors existed that warranted an upward departure from the Minnesota sentencing guidelines. Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie said in December that he would be seeking the maximum sentence.

It was determined that Riley was a dangerous offender and that he treated his victim, Mark Huesmann, 27, with particular cruelty when he burned and dismembered his body before burying him in July 2012, according to a Cass County Attorney’s Office press release.

On July 20, 2012, the Cass County Sheriff ’s Office followed up on a missing person report. Huesmann, 27, had not been seen or heard from since July 13. The investigation led authorities to Riley, according to the release.

Pieces of Huesmann’s clothing were discovered in a burn pit on Riley’s property and Huesmann’s remains were found buried in the vicinity of Riley’s house in rural Pine River.

A witness who lived at the residence told officers she had heard two gunshots in the early morning hours of July 14, the release said. She observed Riley beating Husemann, and Riley ordered her to go back inside the trailer, according to the release.

Ninth District Judge David TenEyck presided over the trial and sentencing in Cass County. Riley was sentenced to five years for the firearm violation and one year for the interference with a dead body charge. The sentences will be served concurrently with the murder sentence as pursuant to Minnesota law, according to the Cass County Attorney’s press release.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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