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Editorial: Larson murder was a sad tragedy

It was a quiet end for Delbert Huber who died Wednesday night in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault.

Huber, 83, from Paynesville had been sentenced in September 2012 to more than 30 years in prison for his second-degree murder conviction for shooting and killing of Timothy Larson in October 2011.

Huber and his son, Timothy Huber, 48, were both indicted on first-degree murder charges for killing Larson, 43, of Albertville. Delbert shot and killed Larson after a confrontation on the Norman Larson property in rural Belgrade. Norman is Timothy Larson’s father.

Timothy Huber was sentenced to 25 years in prison in July 2013. He was found guilty of second-degree murder in May 2013 and is currently in custody at the Rush City prison. His expected release is 2028.

Delbert Huber was in the news recently after New London blogger Joy Baker raised a question about some attacks on children in Paynesville in the 1980s and a possible connection to the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling in 1989.

Some broadcasters then raised the question of whether Delbert Huber might have been involved. Huber had denied any involvement in the Wetterling case in recent interviews with Twin Cities television stations. The 11-year-old Wetterling was abducted while biking down a rural road in St. Joseph.

The Larson murder case has been a tragic one for all involved, especially Larson’s family and his St. Michael-Albertville students. It also impacted the Belgrade and Paynesville communities.

The Hubers have been charged and convicted in the Minnesota justice system. They have been sentenced and were serving their time. Delbert Huber is now deceased and his son has another 24 years to serve.

The whole incident remains a tragic situation that has impacted multiple families and communities, and changed lives forever. It is truly sad.