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Osakis murder suspect awaits sentencing

Nine months after Diane Fortenberry was killed in her rural Osakis home, the murder suspect who pleaded guilty was scheduled to be sentenced next week.

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Jeffrey Allan Brooks, of Alexandria, was scheduled to be sentenced in Todd County District County Monday, February 13.

Brooks pleaded guilty to the Fortenberry murder in November.

Specifically, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

Brooks, 53, has been in jail since his arrest on May 27.

On May 20, 2011, Fortenberry stopped home after lunch to let her dog outside and reportedly interrupted Brooks burglarizing her home.

She was assaulted and died from blunt force trauma injuries. One of her sons returned home that afternoon and found his mother unresponsive.

On May 27, Brooks was arrested in Alexandria.

Brooks has a criminal record that dates back nearly 20 years and includes burglaries in St. Paul and Cold Spring, drug possession in St. Paul and theft in Fergus Falls.

Diane Fortenberry is survived by her husband, Mike, and two sons, Colter and Grayson, of Osakis.

Fortenberry grew up in Osakis and graduated from Alexandria Technical College with a sales and marketing degree. She moved to Mississippi in 1989 where she met her husband and started a family.

The Fortenberrys moved back to Osakis in 2007 after surviving Hurricane Katrina and a house fire. Diane worked as a dispatcher for Hensley Inc. of Osakis.

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Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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