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Pierz man sentenced for trying to kill his wife

Posted: February 5, 2013 - 12:43am

PIERZ — A 43-year-old Pierz man was sentenced Friday to 7 1/2 years in prison for first-degree attempted murder in Morrison County District Court in Little Falls, reported the Morrison County Attorney’s Office.

Kevin Edward Stuckmayer, who was convicted for trying to kill his wife, was sentenced by Judge Douglas P. Anderson. The charges stem from an incident at the Stuckmayer home in September of 2012. Stuckmayer plead guilty on Dec. 13, 2012.

A packed courtroom heard the defense plea for leniency. Friends and family members testified that Stuckmayer was a quiet man who got along with everyone. A psychologist testified that Stuckmayer was unlikely to re-offend.

Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich argued for a 90-month prison sentence, reviewing the facts and reading Stuckmayer’s own confession that Stuckmayer had planned to kill his wife, hit her in the head with a board, left her to die and when she survived told a deputy sheriff that the “next way to kill her is to shoot her. And I think that’s the best odds.”

Just before the sentence was imposed, Stuckmayer told the court that he “could never hurt anyone” and that he “was possessed by something evil” the day he hit his wife.