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Man Involved In Cromwell Murders Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison

By KBJR News 1

March 30, 2012 Updated Mar 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A Cloquet man will spend 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of intentional second degree murder.

Joshua Martineau was sentenced today for shooting Thomas Holm and Kim Schmitz after a supposed dispute over a 50 dollar bag of marijuana in January of 2011.

While Martineau was sentenced to 60 years, Minnesota law says he'll spend the last 20 years under supervised released and the 395 days he has already spent in jail will be deducted from his sentence.

It was an emotional sentencing.

Five people, all family and friends of Holm and Schmidt presented victim impact statements before the sentence was set down.

Betty Lee, Holm's sister said Tom was a man that had a deep love for life and "not a single day will pass that I won't think about Tom and Kim"

Schmidt's best Friend Diane Bussiere, also gave a passionate statement saying that she hopes Martineau never sees the light of day and the memory of Schmidt will never be forgotten.

"They would give you the shirt off their back. They would do anything for you. They were good, good people and don't anybody forget that. There wasn't anything you couldn't ask them to do. They were good people"

Friends and family and the victims wanted to thank the Carlton County Sheriff's department and County attorney Thom Perlter for all their help on this case Michelle/Kevin.

Martineau's accused accomplice Rachael Defoe stand trial in October.

She pleaded not guilty and faces the original charge of 1st degree murder.

Zach Vavricka

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