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Sentencing of South St. Paul Man in Murder of Minn. National Guardsman Delayed

Updated: 04/22/2014 7:27 PM
Created: 04/22/2014 7:23 AM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

The sentencing of a man convicted of killing a Minnesota National Guard sergeant last August has been delayed.

Twenty-six-year-old Aaron Allen of South St. Paul pleaded guilty last month to killing 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Brandon Horst. Horst was shot in the head around 1:11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, while lying in his bedroom at his home on the 400 block of Bellows Street.

His sentencing has set for Tuesday, but has been rescheduled for June 10, 2014.

Horst’s wife, Heather Horst, is also charged in his murder. Allen is Heather Horst's sister-in-law's fiancé, and investigators say the pair's motive for the killing was Brandon Horst's life insurance policy.

Brandon Horst had a $400,000 military life insurance policy and an $80,000 life insurance policy from the federal government for his position as a federal technician, according to the charges. Heather Horst was the sole beneficiary for the policies.

According to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, Allen admitted to the prepping, planning and executing of the murder with the help of Heather Horst in exchange for a percentage of the life insurance policy. He also said Heather Horst drove him to her house and told him where her husband was sleeping. He said she drove him away from the scene to dispose of the murder weapon.

Twenty-six-year-old Aaron Allen of South St. Paul pleaded guilty last month to killing 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Brandon Horst.
Brandon Horst

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