Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- A man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the brutal murder of a Floodwood woman.
23-year-old Michael Siewert pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional homicide in the killing Cristyna Watson in 2012.
Also Monday in court, in a separate case, Siewert entered a guilty plea for an assault with a weapon and was sentenced to 54 months in prison that will be served concurrently, or at the same time, as the murder sentence.
Authorities found Watson's body outside a home on the Fond du Lac Reservation in October of 2012. She was reported missing for about a month before her body was found.
Tuesday in court, Siewert admitted to strangling Watson to death after hitting her in the head with a hammer. He said they were arguing about drugs prior to the crime.
Watson's family, after the hearing, wasn't exactly happy about the plea deal, but did say there is some comfort that Siewert will be behind bars and they will finally be able to give Cristyna a proper burial.
"The only easiest thing now is we'll be able to get her back and get her buried," said Cristyna's mother, Laurie Snaza.
In October of 2012, the Carlton County Attorneys office charged several people in connection with the crime.
Charges were dropped against the juvenile who was previously charged with 2nd Degree Murder.
Alyssa Peterson, who is accused of being an accomplice, after the fact entered a guilty plea in April. Clifford Thompson, who's also charged with being an accomplice, after the fact is still going through the legal process.