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MN Man Pleads Guilty in Michigan Murder and Kidnapping Case

A Bovey, Minnesota man is now facing at least 35 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty in Itasca County Court to charges connected with the attempted murder of one person and the actual murder of another in December 2012.

Twenty-six-year-old William Levi Payne pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder, second-degree murder, terroristic threats, kidnapping, second-degree assault, two counts of burglary, and violation of a protection order.

According to the charges, the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call where two individuals had been shot. Payne made a second 911 call in which he said he had just killed two people and that police should come pick him up. Payne was taken into custody that night at 10:48 p.m.

A witness said that she was in the bathroom at the residence at the time she heard Payne yelling. She then heard a number of gunshots. Payne then allegedly told the woman to come with him or he would shoot her too. She said he told her to drive to a nearby city, holding the gun to her head the entire time.

Payne then allegedly told the woman that he had shot two people and he believed that both of them were dead. What he didn’t know, according to the complaint, was that one of the victims had died on December 27.

It is possible that Payne could face up to 52 years or more in prison. His sentencing hearing is on March 7 and he is currently housed in the Itasca County Jail.

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