Noah King Sentenced to Life for Will Grahek Murder

Baihly Warfield
Updated: December 06, 2018 06:06 PM

BRAINERD, Minn. - Noah King has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the murder of Will Grahek. 

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In November, 20-year-old King was convicted of aiding and abetting first degree murder while trying to commit burglary and guilty of aiding and abetting second degree murder without premeditation

The first-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence. There will be a possibility of parole after 30 years.

Judge Mark Munger found him guilty after a nearly two-week bench trial. King waived his right to a jury, so the judge decided the case. 

Before sentencing him, Munger told King that he will still have the potential for a life after prison. Munger said that the future will show what kind of man King can become. 

King gets credit for the nearly two years he has already been in prison, but he would be around 50 years old by the time he could get out of prison. 

At the sentencing, Grahek's mother described him as an outgoing, fun-loving college student. She said Grahek had called the day he was shot to tell her husband, his father, that he had been accepted into full-time military service. 

Heidi Grahek said 20 minutes later, they got the call that he had been shot. An hour later, she got the news her son had died. 

King did not offer any comments or apologies during the sentencing. 

He is one of five defendants who were charged in connection with the murder of Grahek, a UMD student. Grahek was shot twice in the lower level of his home on Valentine's Day 2017. 

Another defendant, Deandre Davenport, is currently standing trial in Brainerd. Judge Munger granted a different location for Davenport's trial given the media coverage of King's. 

Defense tried to get King's sentence reduced by arguing a life sentence for someone so young was "cruel and unusual punishment." Judge Munger, however, said that because King has the possibility of parole, the punishment is not too severe. 


Baihly Warfield

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