Pedophile Duncan Pleads Guilty in Idaho Mass Murder Case


Joseph Edward Duncan III pleaded guilty Monday to killing an Idaho family last year, just before his murder and kidnap trial was about to begin in Coeur d’Alene. The last-minute plea deal likely will keep him behind bars for the rest of his life, although the death penalty is a possibility. The deal also means 9-year-old Shasta Groene, the lone survivor of the killings, won’t have to testify.

“This agreement is possible because of a brave little 9-year-old girl who was willing to confront Duncan face-to-face in the courtroom,” said Prosecutor Bill Douglas. Duncan, 43, a lifelong itinerent sex offender who committed crimes in many states, said “guilty” six times as Judge Fred Gibler asked for his plea to three counts each of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping. He killed Brenda Groene, 40, her boyfriend and an older son so he could kidnap the woman’s two younger children for sexual purposes.


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