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Diren Dede

Markus Kaarma listens to Judge McLean deliver his sentence of 70 years in prison, Feb. 12, 2015 in Missoula, Montana.
Christopher B. Allen

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man convicted of fatally shooting a German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage is asking the United States Supreme Court to consider his case.

Christopher B. Allen

Markus Kaarma has been sentenced to 70 years in prison on charges of deliberate homicide for killing German exchange student Diren Dede on April 17, 2014.

Judge Ed McLean said "You pose too great a risk to society to be anywhere else but the Montana State Prison." Kaarma will be eligible for parole after 20 years.

We'll have more on this story later today.

Kaarma To Be Sentenced Thursday For Deliberate Homicide

Feb 11, 2015
Christopher B Allen

A district judge will sentence Markus Kaarma Thursday for the charge of deliberate homicide in the April killing of 17-year-old Diren Dede.

Last December, shackled and wearing an orange prison uniform, Kaarma apologized to the Dede family the day after the verdict was delivered.

“We were so scared. No one was supposed to get hurt or killed. I can’t even imagine the pain you feel," Kaarma said.

More than 30 states have laws that allow people to use deadly force if they have a reasonable fear for their life or property. But this week, a Montana jury said that type of law has its limits, finding a homeowner who shot a teenager in his garage guilty of deliberate homicide.

In the early hours of April 27, a motion detector alerted homeowner Markus Kaarma someone was in the garage of his home in Missoula, Mont. He went outside and almost immediately fired four shotgun blasts, killing 17-year-old Diren Dede, a German exchange student.

Kaarma, Dede's Parents Finally Speak In Court

Dec 18, 2014
Christopher B Allen

The parents of slain 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede entered a Missoula County courtroom today to applause from an audience, but they expressed only sadness as they gave emotional statements through an interpreter for a judge to consider during Markus Kaarma’s sentencing on February 11.

On Wednesday, a jury found Kaarma guilty of deliberate homicide in the April 27, killing their son.

The 30-year-old Kaarma, who didn't testify during the murder trial, gave a tearful apology to the family.

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