Teen Gets Life, Parole Chance in Execution Slaying
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- A teenager accused of killing a man execution-style in the
woods of northeastern Minnesota has been sentenced to life in prison.
The body of 33-year-old Joshua Lavalley, of Aurora, was found on a snowmobile trail near Hibbing on Jan. 6. Authorities say he had been shot twice in the face.
St. Louis County Judge Mark Starr imposed a life term during Deshon Bonnell's sentencing last week, but also included the possibility of parole after the 19-year-old from Hibbing serves 30 years.
Authorities say an accomplice, Anthony Howson, told police that Lavalley made unwanted sexual contact with Bonnell's girlfriend, Bailey French. Howson says Bonnell and French led Lavalley blindfolded into the woods where Bonnell shot him.
Howson and French are also charged in the case.