March 06, 2018 04:44 PM
The video above aired in December 2016 when Thomas was charged.
The 28-year-old man charged in connection to the killing of a 95-year-old Anoka man has pleaded guilty.
Isaiah Montrell Thomas pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Tuesday. He was indicted by a grand jury in April.
Thomas' case was expected to go to trial on April 9. He will be sentenced that day instead.
On Tuesday, the family of Albert John Loehlein, the victim, said they support the plea and that it brings closure to their family.
"We want to remember the good, long life that Dad lived," the statement read.
According to a criminal complaint, on Nov. 24, 2016, family members of Loehlein dropped him off at his apartment. Loehlein's body was discovered on Nov. 28, 2016, by family members dropping off groceries.
Investigators said it appeared Loehlein had been beaten to death due to a significant amount of blood spattered throughout the room.
During the investigation, officers located a fingerprint on a small wooden box. The fingerprint was later matched to Thomas, according to the complaint.
Detectives also learned that Thomas had pawned a mantle clock at a Maplewood pawn shop. The family of Loehlein confirmed it had belonged to him.
Thomas was taken into custody during a traffic stop on Nov. 30.
During the investigation, detectives spoke with a person who had been with Thomas during the time Loehlein had been killed. He said on Nov. 26, he was contacted by Thomas who had asked him for a ride. The witness picked Thomas up near Loehlein's house, where Thomas placed multiple items in his trunk.
Thomas contacted the witness again on Nov. 27 and picked up the items from the trunk.
During the meeting, Thomas told the witness "(expletive), man, I (expletive) up." The witness said Thomas went on to say "the old man … you'll see it in the news," according to the complaint.
Updated: March 06, 2018 04:44 PM
Created: March 06, 2018 03:49 PM
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