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UPDATE: Steele County killers sentenced

Pleaded guilty to July 2016 murder.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017 11:55 AM
Updated: Nov. 13, 2017 2:40 PM

OWATONNA, Minn. – Two men are going to prison for a killing in Steele County.

The body of Richard Jurgensen was found June 26 on the side of a rural road.  His hands were tied and he was shot several times.

25-year-old Cyrus Noel Trevino of Owatonna and 38-year-old Gerals William Blevins of Bemidji were arrested and charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder.  Trials were scheduled, but then both entered surprise guilty pleas to 2nd degree murder in September.  Authorities say the two killed Jurgensen because they thought he had tipped off police that Trevino's brother was in possession of methamphetamine.  Law enforcement says Jurgensen was not an informant in that case.

On Monday, Trevino was sentenced to 32 years and seven months in prison, with credit for 499 days already served.  Blevins received 12 years and four months behind bars, with credit for 500 days already served.  Both must also play $946.40 in restitution.

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