Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The man accused of shooting two people and kidnapping his estranged wife has been sentenced after he pleaded guilty back in February.
26 year old William Levi Payne of Bovey, MN has been sentenced to 52.5 years, of which Payne must spend a minimum of 35 years in prison and upon his release, be on supervised release for 17.5 years.
Last month, Payne pleaded guilty to seven felony counts including 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Terroristic Threats, 1st Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Assault and Violation of an Order for Protection.
Back in December, Payne shot two victims, 32-year-old Paul Russell Johnson of Grand Rapids and 59-year-old Rosemary Oberg-Johnson of Grand Rapids.
Payne also kidnapped his estranged wife, dragging her to her car and ordering her to drive towards Marble, MN. Payne's estranged wife had filed an order for protection against Payne just four days before the shooting.
Rosemary Oberg-Johnson died in the hospital due to her injuries. Paul Johnson has been recovering from his wounds.
A benefit fund has been set up for Paul Johnson at the American Bank, PO Box 160, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. Checks can be made out to Paul Johnson Benefit Fund
There will also be a spaghetti dinner for Paul on April 6th at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids starting at 3pm. Tickets are available at Madden's Dutchroom.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns