Chisholm Shooter Sentenced to Over 40 Years Behind Bars

By KBJR News 1

Chisholm Shooter Sentenced to Over 40 Years Behind Bars

April 5, 2012 Updated Apr 5, 2012 at 6:50 PM CDT

Chisholm, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- An Iron Range man who went on a shooting spree at a Chisholm bar back in March of 2010 will spend 40.5 years behind bars.

Jason Mark Musburger was sentenced to 15 years for the shooting of Cale Nelson, 25.5 years for Ed Walberg's murder and 16 years for Larry Elj's shooting. The 16 years for the shooting of Elj will be spent at the same time of the other two sentences, totaling 40.5 years.

Before the sentencing, five impact statements were given.

Ed Walberg's father, mother and sister as well as Cale Nelson's wife described the devastating affects the shooting has had.

"It was very emotional," Prosecuting Attorney, Brian Simonson said. "Very emotional statements by the victims and the victims families. It was obviously just a hard time for them, it was very heartfelt."

Last month Musburger pleaded guilty to 1st degree premeditated murder and 2nd degree murder with intent.

Back in March of 2010, Musburger, a former Chisholm police officer, walked into Jim Sports Club Bar and Grill in Chisholm and opened fire.

Walberg, who was sitting on a bar stool, was shot to death, while Nelson and Elj were wounded in the gun fire.

Nelson since, underwent 22 surgeries and about $2 million in medical costs for his wounds.

Elj was treated and released for his injuries.

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