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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Dikken pleads guilty Monday

  • Andrew Dikken was sentenced to a life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to two counts of murder at a hearing Monday morning in Montevideo.
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  • Andrew Dikken was sentenced to a life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to two counts of murder at a hearing Monday morning in Montevideo. Dikken pleaded guilty to first-degree premeditated murder in the death of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and to first-degree murder while committing a burglary in the death of Chris Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls. When asked about his crimes, Dikken admitted his purpose and intent for visiting Monson’s house Sept. 2 was for murder. Dikken revealed he was intoxicated and couldn’t remember many details, such as how many times he shot Monson and Panitzke. He also stated he woke up on the banks of the river, although it was unclear if he meant the riverbed immediately outside the Monson house or the location where he took refuge in Renville County during the 15-day manhunt that ensued. Dikken waived his right to forever use all defenses, including mental illness as was previously attempted. Dikken apologized for the lack of remorse he showed in the beginning of the case when he was given the opportunity to speak of his actions.
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