MT Man Who Blamed Anxiety For Killing Student Gets 70-Year Term


A Montana man, Markus Kaarma, was sentenced to 70 years in prison for the murder of Diren Dede, a 17-year-old German exchange student who Kaarma shot in his garage last spring, The Missoulian reports. He will not be eligible for parole for 20 years, said Missoula District Judge Ed McLean. “(Your anxiety) doesn't excuse the anguish you have caused. Anxiety isn't an excuse,” McLean said. “You didn’t protect your residence, you went hunting. And here you have a 12-gauge shotgun that's loaded. Not to protect your family, but to go after somebody.”

Kaarma was convicted of deliberate homicide in a three-week trial. McLean said he recognized that prior burglaries of Kaarma’s home “set the this tragedy on course,” but noted that never once did the burglars break into a locked car or enter a closed garage. He said a pre-sentence investigation that highlighted a prior assault on his partner and an incident in high school where he urinated on a fellow student, alarmed him. “You are just not a very nice person,” McLean said

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