Man pleads guilty in brutal Richfield murder

7:09 AM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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RICHFIELD, Minn. - A man charged with brutally killing a 79-year-old Richfield man and severely injuring the man's wife in 2012 has pleaded guilty to murder.

The attack happened at the Webb's Richfield home on February 28, 2012, though the victims were not found until March 2.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Leon Henry Anderson will be formally sentenced to 450 months in prison on June 11.

As part of the guilty plea, the other three charges, including first degree murder, will be dropped.

As part of his guilty plea, Anderson explained what happened on the day of the attack. He told his attorney that the Webbs had hired him to shovel their sidewalk. Anderson said he was in their home on February 28 when he allegedly got angry at Webb, hit him in the head several times and then used a knife to cut his throat.

Anderson also admitted to attacking Webb's wife and cutting her throat. Though he intended to kill her, he said, she was found alive two days later when police were called to the home.

Anderson's expected 450 month sentence is longer than the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines recommendation of 340 months. Anderson agreed his crimes included "aggravating factors" that deserved the higher sentence.


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