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Second suspect in Iron Range homicide sentenced to prison

He was convicted in connection with Joshua LaValley's murder.

Another member of the trio convicted in last winter's murder of a Hibbing man is now on his way to prison.

On Thursday, a St. Louis County judge sentenced Anthony Howson to over 25 years behind bars for aiding and abetting the murder of 33-year-old Joshua Lavalley.

On the day of the murder in early January, Lavalley was driven out to the Mesabi Trail by Howson, Deshon Bonnell and Bailey French, where the latter two allegedly blindfolded Lavalley, walked him out to the woods and shot him to death. 

Howson, 21, later told police that Lavalley had made unwanted sexual contact with French, an act that prompted the suspects to hold LaValley down against his will and take his belongings.

Howson is said to have stayed in the car during the subsequent murder.

According to a news release, Howson will receive a credit of 311 days for the time he spent in custody at the St. Louis County jail. 

His sentencing comes about three weeks after Bonnell was given life in prison for the killing; as KBJR noted, he had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

French has not been sentenced yet. She and Bonnell were in their teens at the time of the murder. 

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