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Convicted murderer Markus Kaarma was sentenced to 70 years behind bars. He will not be eligible for parole for the first 20 years.

Judge Ed McLean handed down the sentence today in the Missoula County Courthouse.

In December, a jury found Kaarma guilty of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of German exchange student Diren Dede. Kaarma's defense team argued he was protecting his property, but prosecutors presented evidence that Kaarma fired three shots into his garage then adjusted his aim and fired the fatal shot.

Dede's host mother was the first to take the stand in the sentencing hearing. She testified that she has been diagnosed with PTSD and depression since the shooting.

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