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Forum Communications, Published October 17 2012

Belfield man pleading to murder: ‘I just snapped’

DICKINSON, N.D. – Dirk Huber pleaded guilty Monday to murdering the mother of his child last year in Belfield.

Huber, 42, who was accused of suffocating Nicole Lynn Radebaugh in August 2011, sat in silence, then began to cry and repeatedly uttered, “I’m sorry,” before he addressed Judge William Herauf.

“I stopped over to her apartment, your honor. We were having an argument,” Huber said. “Things in the past that kept bugging me were brought up. I wanted clarification, an explanation. We argued a lot. She made faces at me. I don’t know what happened after that. I just snapped.”

Murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole. A prosecutor recommended a 30-year sentence.

A sentencing will be held sometime after Jan. 15.