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Pine River man convicted of murder

WALKER -- A Pine River, Minn., man was convicted of murder Friday after a five-day trial. Dane Joseph Riley, 29, was convicted on charges of second-degree intentional murder, interference with a dead body and ineligible person in possession of a firearm.

On July 20, 2012, the Cass County Sheriff's Office followed up on a missing person report. Mark Andrew Huesmann, 27, had not been seen or heard from since July 13. Investigation led authorities to Riley, according to a release from the Cass County Attorney's Office. Pieces of Huesmann's clothing were discovered in a burn pit on Riley's property and Huesmann's remains were found in the vicinity.

A witness who lived at the residence informed officers that 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.

The jury deliberated for three hours taking into account Riley's criminal history before delivering guilty verdicts. Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie will be requesting the statutory maximum sentence of a 40 years.

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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