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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Sentence imposed in fatal Grand Rapids shooting

  • 26-year-old William Levi Payne will have to serve at least 35 years of a 52 year sentence in prison followed by supervision release.
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  • A northern Minnesota man has been sentenced to at least 35 years in prison for a fatal shooting in Grand Rapids just before Christmas.
    The sentence imposed by a judge in Itasca (eye-TAS'-kuh) 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.

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