Thoresen Guilty in Beheading Murder; Sentenced to Life Without Parole

August 25, 2017 10:22 PM

Joseph Christen Thoresen has been found guilty in the murder of 20-year-old David Haiman of Hibbing.

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Thoresen, 36, was sentenced immediately to life in prison without parole.

The jury in Grand Rapids received the case at noon and returned with a verdict about three hours later. The jury was made up of five women and seven men. 

The courtroom was full for the last day of the trial, as family and friends on all sides heard final arguments.

People stayed mostly calm, although there were a few tears and sniffles as the verdict was read. Thoresen himself was collected, simply turning around and mouthing, "I love you," to his family in the first row. 

After the verdict was read and the jury left the room, Thoresen told the court "I'm a good person." He said he has been nothing but healthy and he is sorry because David Haiman was a good friend. 

Regarding Greniger, Thoresen told the judge, "Because of her, I've lost my life as well." 

Judge Lois Lang told him he needs to think about what the jury found. She said she didn't know what to say to him. 

Thoresen was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder. He was found not guilty on two counts of second-degree murder.

Thoresen's former girlfriend, Kayleene Greniger, was also charged in the case. She testified against Thoresen as part of a plea agreement. She will serve between 27 and 30 years in prison.


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