Sentencing date set for man convicted of Myre-Big Island State Park murder

Published 6:38 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A new sentencing date has been set for the man found guilty of murdering another man last summer at Myre-Big Island State Park.

David Michael Easter, 27, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 16. He has been in jail since he was found guilty of second-degree murder in April in the shooting death of Spencer Daniel Brown, 23, last summer. Easter will be incarcerated until he is sentenced.

David Easter

Freeborn County District Court Judge Steven Schwab delayed sentencing earlier this month based on what he said was the serious nature of the charge, the presumptive sentence Easter faces and the difficulty the defense has faced in gathering the information needed for a departure motion.

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Freeborn County Attorney David Walker argued against the motion, saying multiple people plan to attend the sentencing hearing and present victim statements. Individuals in some cases will travel from Nebraska to attend the hearing, he said, noting Easter had his bail lowered and could leave the state before the trial started.

Easter was found guilty of intentionally killing Brown on Aug. 23, 2016, at Myre-Big Island State Park. Easter had claimed self-defense in the man’s death. He was convicted after a jury trial.

Easter faces a presumptive sentence of more than 25 years in prison.

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