Monday, October 16, 2006


Duncan pleads guilty to murder, kidnapping Oct 16, 2006 10:33 AM PDT Video Now Brenda Groene's mother: 'It's like sitting in the same room with the devil'Jesse Groene: 'He'll never see the streets again, and that's what should happen to all sex offenders'Mark McKenzie's mother: 'This is much easier for everybody all around'UNEDITED: Prosecutor Bill Douglas news conferenceCommunity reaction to Duncan plea dealCheck All | Clear All Joseph E. Duncan III Groene agrees to open encrypted computer files COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -�Joseph E. Duncan pleaded guilty to 3 counts of kidnapping and 3 counts of murder on Monday morning.� A judge immediately sentenced him to three terms of life in prison without parole on the kidnapping charges.� Sentencing on the murder charges were delayed pending the outcome of Duncan's federal trial. Captain Ben Wolfinger with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said the 14-section plea agreement is different from the proposal floated last week by the defense.� By delaying sentencing on the murder charges, it Duncan is not sentenced to death by the federal government, the State of Idaho can retain him and possibly sentence him to death on the state charges. Family members of the victims said the plea agreement and life sentences are a relief after months of heartache. "I feel we can move on, now that we're one step closer to finding closure," said Jesse Groene, brother of Dylan, Slade and Shasta Groene. After the sentencing, reporters asked Groene what he would like to say to Duncan, but Groene replied, "I can't say that on live TV.� Sorry about that." The tears flowed freely in the post-sentencing news conference outside the Public Safety Building.� Steve Groene, Shasta's father, held a white dry erase board and wrote that he would like to thank all those who supported him.� He could not speak after having undergone throat surgery for cancer. Brenda Groene's mother, Darlene Torres, was also pleased with the outcome of the agreement.� "I'm glad we're getting this first step over, and hopefully the rest of it goes quick," said Darlene Torres.� "There's nothing that's going to bring my family back, but I know justice will be served." But while many, including�Darlene Torres, believe Monday's outcome was a victory for Shasta, the family was clearly uncomfortable sitting in the same room with the man who killed their loved ones. "What was it like sitting in the same room with Duncan," asked a reporter.��Darlene�Torres paused, then said, "It was like sitting in the same room with the devil." Background: Joseph Edward Duncan is a Tacoma native who spent most of his adult life in prison for molesting children.� Prosecutors say the registered sex offender was on the run from a child molestation charge in Minnesota in May of 2005, driving on I-90 near Coeur d'Alene, when he saw Shasta and Dylan Groene�playing in their swimsuits at their home. Prosecutors say he stalked and killed family members to take the children. Duncan is charged with killing Shasta's 13-year-old brother Slade, her mother Brenda Groene and Brenda's boyfriend Mark McKenzie.� Duncan also is likely to face federal charges of� kidnapping the two children and killing Dylan at a Montana campground. Federal prosecutors have already said they would seek the death penalty.~~~~THANK GOD SHASTA DOESNT HAVE TO TAKE STAND AND RELIVE TRAMA & SEE THE BASTARD! ALL OUR PRAYERS 2 SHASTA & her family, esp. father SYEVE!) =^.^= DUNCAN WILL GET HIS!

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