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Osakis home invasion murder suspect pleads guilty

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Nov 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

OSAKIS, Minn. (KNSI) - The man accused in the home invasion beating murder of Todd County resident Diane Fortenberry in her Osakis-area home earlier this year has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, according to the Todd County Sheriff's Department.

Jeffrey Allan Brooks of Alexandria entered the plea Friday in the killing of Diane Fortenberry, Todd County Sheriff Peter Mikkelson said.

Fortenberry was found beaten to death in her Whitetail Trail home in Gordon Township near Osakis on May 20.

Investigators said Fortenberry, 51, returned home following a lunch with co-workers to find Brooks in the process of robbing the house.

Fortenberry's body was found later that afternoon by her son. An autopsy by the Anoka County medical examiner confirmed Fortenberry died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Fortenberry's cell phone and purse were among serveral items found in an Alexandria dumpster May 21. Figerprints taken from a plastic bag containing those items linked Brooks to the crime.

Brooks could get up to 40 years behind bars when he's sentenced next January.

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