The Minnesota Supreme Court, in a decision dated June 15, 2016, upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Joel Munt arising out of the shooting death of his former wife and the kidnapping of his three children.
On appeal Munt argued error in:
- Declining to remove a prospective juror;
- Improper comments made to the jury;
- Improper jury instruction; and,
- His sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of release.
The Minnesota Supreme Court determined the trial court did not abuse its discretion and Munt’s sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of release is constitutional.
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