Man convicted of killing acquaintance

Published 4:19 pm Saturday, December 14, 2013

WALKER — A Cass County jury has convicted a man of killing an acquaintance as the victim begged him to stop.

The county attorney’s office said the jury deliberated for three hours Friday before convicting 29-year-old Dane J. Riley of Pine River. He was accused of killing 27-year-old Mark Huesmann in July 2012, burying his body and burning his clothes.

Prosecutors said a woman staying with Riley told investigators she awoke to the sound of gunshots. She says she saw Riley hitting Huesmann outside as Huesmann begged him to stop.

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She said Riley came into the trailer later and told her not to say anything about what she’d seen.

County Attorney Christopher Strandlie said he’ll request the maximum 40-year sentence.

A message left with Riley’s public defender Saturday was not immediately returned.