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Timothy Huber sentenced to 25 years in prison for Larson murder

WILLMAR — Timothy Huber was sentenced this morning to 25.5 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge for his role in killing Timothy Larson in October 2011.

Before he handed down the sentence, District Judge Donald M. Spilseth noted to the Larson family members, many of whom have been at every court hearing over the past 21 months, that they had conducted themselves in a professional and appropriate manner. “You are a great family,” Spilseth said, noting that their conduct was indicative of the needlessness and the senselessness of Tim Larson’s killing.

Huber’s sentence was at the low end of the 306 to 367 month range allowed by state sentencing guidelines for the charge. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $44,323.61 in restitution, jointly with his father. He was given credit for 642 days already served in custody.

Huber had been held on $1 million bail since the day of the Oct. 8, 2011, killing and had been held without bail since the jury verdict finding him guilty on May 7.

Huber, 47, and his father, Delbert Huber, were indicted on the charges for killing Larson, 43, of Albertville. Delbert Huber shot and killed Larson after a confrontation on the Norman Larson property in rural Belgrade. Norman is Timothy Larson’s father.

Delbert Huber, now 83, is already serving the maximum sentence of 367 months in prison for second-degree intentional murder, to which he pleaded guilty in August 2012. According to the Department of Corrections, he is in the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Faribault.

Huber, who has rarely spoken in the court process, said he was deeply sorry to the court system, the people of Kandiyohi County and the Larson family, listing some of the members of the family.

“I’m deeply sorry for what has occurred,” he said.

County Attorney Jenna Fischer argued for the maximum sentence of 367 months, the same sentence that Delbert Huber received, based on the fact that the jury found Timothy Huber equally responsible in the murder.

“Aside from pulling the trigger, they are equally responsible,” Fischer said. “Without each of them working together, Tim Larson would still be alive.”

Stephen Ferrazzano, defense attorney for Huber, argued that Huber’s mental capacity, an IQ of between 72 and 75, was an appropriate basis for lessening Huber’s sentence to 261 months in prison.

Ferrazzano noted that both the court appointed psychologist and a defense psychologist found that Huber was mentally impaired and that a defense disposition report called for a sentence as low as 130 months in prison.

“If Tim Huber would get the same sentence as his father, it wouldn’t be fair, it wouldn’t be just,” Ferrazzano argued. “In my opinion, it would be cruel.”

Larson’s widow, Deb Larson, and his brother, Randy, took the stand to give witness impact statements during the hearing.

Randy Larson said he was deeply hurt by the fact that the Hubers shot his brother and then left his body lay out all day before they called law enforcement. “Not only had they murdered him, they left him lay there all day.”

Deb Larson read several notes sent to her by friends, students and school officials at St. Michael Albertville schools, where her husband was a special education teacher. Each note included a recollection of kind and supportive actions and words by Tim Larson to students facing challenges and teachers whom he supported in their work.

“My husband was a kind and generous man,” Deb Larson said. “My husband’s actions attest to the way he lived his life.”

In contrast, Deb Larson said, Tim Huber’s lies and schemes had given him the sentence of a murderer. “They are evidence that you are a danger to society,” she said.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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