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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Dikken pleads guilty, sentenced to life in prison

  • An unexpected plea hearing in Montevideo ended with a life in prison without parole sentence for Andrew Dikken.
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    Andrew Dikken was sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to two counts of murder at a hearing Monday morning in Montevideo.
    Dikken pleaded guilty to premeditated murder in the first degree for the death of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and to murder in the first degree while committing a burglary for the death of Chris Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls.
    When asked of his crimes, Dikken admitted that his purpose and intent for visiting Monson’s house on September 2 was for murder. He revealed that he was intoxicated and couldn’t remember many details, like how many times he shot Monson and Panitzke, as well as stating that he woke up on the banks of the river.
    Dikken waived his right to forever use all defenses, including mental illness like previously attempted.
    Dikken apologized for the lack of remorse he showed in the beginning when he was given the opportunity to speak to his actions. “I’m sorry for all the lives I’ve wrecked. I take full responsibility for all that I’ve done.”
    District Judge Thomas Van Hon responded to Dikken with the sentence.
    “Mr. Dikken, you entered a home and killed two people,” Van Hon said. “I don’t think your profession of remorse today rings true to many of the people in this room. You will go to prison for the rest of your life.”
    More details will follow in the July 3 print edition of the Advocate Tribune.

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