Man pleads guilty in National Guardsman's murder

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Mar 6, 2014 at 7:13 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A South St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to murdering a National Guardsman because he believed the victim abused his wife.

Twenty-five-year-old Aaron Allen pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree intentional murder in the death of Staff Sgt. Brandon Horst.

Allen agreed to a statutory maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Sentencing is set for April 22.

Allen believed that Horst abused his wife, causing her to miscarry three times. But the prosecutor says Horst's wife, Heather Horst, was never pregnant and that she never miscarried.

Allen admitted to firing a shot into Brandon Horst's head Aug. 5 as he slept in his home in St. Paul.

Heather Horst is charged with first- and second-degree murder in her husband's death. She is out on bail.

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