CARLTON, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — A 28-year-old Cloquet man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison in the shooting deaths of a northeastern Minnesota couple.

On Monday, David Joshua Annette was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder, and was given 30 years in prison for each count. Two first-degree murder charges were dismissed. He previously pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder.

Annette’s girlfriend, Rachel Charlotte Defoe, was charged with aiding and abetting the crimes.

The couple is accused in the slaying of Kim Schmitx and Thomas Holm in the victims’ Cromwell home in January. Both victims were 53.

Comments (3)
  1. j speedbag64 says:

    death penalty for killers..

  2. At J Speed says:

    There is no death penalty in Minnesota. Btw 60 years is pretty much life, um considering if one was even 20, they’d get out of jail by what 70? For good behavior? I would rather they suffer in jail for 60 years then sit on death row for 10 years and then take the easy way out and get capital punishment.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      I would rather have them led out the back door of the court room, shot behind the ear, and dumped in a pile. Let the buzzards and coyotes take care of what’s left. Why do you want to pay for them to sit and watch TV? He’ll outlive you. Does he deserve to?

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