Man sentenced to life for 'unspeakably evil' Oak Park Heights murder

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A Stillwater man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced for an "unspeakably evil" killing of a vulnerable man in Oak Park Heights.

KSTP reports Nathan Nigel Anthony Eldredge, 25, was sentenced Thursday to life without parole after being convicted of two counts of second-degree murder over the killing of Nils Johnson.

The 39-year-old's body was found by police at his condominium last April, with his hands bound and a plastic bag covering his head and taped around his neck, the TV station notes.

Johnson's mother Diane said her son developed a mental illness in high school, saying she warned him people could take advantage of him. She described his murder as "unspeakably evil."

The Star Tribune reports Eldredge represented himself in court and was "silent and unmoving" as his sentence was read out – as he had been throughout the three-day trial.

He pleaded not guilty but did not defend himself against the charges, which states he beat Johnson with a police baton before suffocating him with plastic bags.

"It really is two lives lost," Diane Johnson told the Pioneer Press said after the trial. "Nathan is dead, for all practical purposes. Just as dead as my son. It’s just totally senseless. A tragedy all around."

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