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Surprise guilty plea entered in Mahnomen murder case

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MAHNOMEN, Minn. - A man charged in the deaths of two people just over a week ago surprised a Mahnomen County courtroom today when he pleaded guilty to murder and other charges during what was expected to be a routine pre-trial hearing.

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Timothy James Thorson, 52, stated he couldn't go another day with the deaths of Francis and Ethyl Lundon on his conscience before pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and one count each of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.

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