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Forum News Service, Published December 13 2013

Pine River man convicted of murder

WALKER, Minn. - A Pine River man was convicted Friday of murder and other charges related to a July 2012 death in northern Minnesota’s Cass County.

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 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 near Pine River, and Huesmann's remains were found nearby.

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.