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Minnesota homeowner fights victims restitution

August 26, 2014
Associated Press

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man convicted of murdering two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home is contesting the restitution prosecutors are asking he pay for the deaths.

Sixty-six-year-old Byron Smith took the stand Tuesday to testify about what had been stolen in a series of burglaries at his Little Falls home before the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shootings.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1tRmxwp ) reports Smith cried as he described his family building the house that was burglarized.

A Morrison County jury found Smith guilty in April of killing 17-year-old Nick Brady and his 18-year-old cousin, Haile (HAY'-lee) Kifer.

Smith is arguing that because Brady stole items from his house in previous burglaries, he shouldn't have to pay restitution to Brady's family. He's also contesting the $21,859 he was ordered to pay Kifer's family.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

 
 

 

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