- Associated Press - Saturday, June 3, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Two men who pleaded guilty to stabbing a 56-year-old man to death to steal his wallet in Rapid City were sentenced to a combined 150 years in prison.

Ranon Bissonette and Hunter High Pipe, both 20, received their sentences in separate hearings Friday, the Rapid City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2qSbd75 ). The pair pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors, avoiding more serious charges that could have been punishable with a death sentence.

The man they killed on September 2015 was Edward Lowry, who worked in the Journal newspaper’s printing plant. Authorities say Bissonette, High Pipe and a third suspect, Gabe Selwyn Heikkinen, attacked Lowry after he left a bar near work. Heikkinen died by suicide shortly before Bissonette and High Pipe were charged in May 2016.

Bissonette, who admitted to stabbing Lowry four times with a knife, received a 100-year sentence. High Pipe was sentenced to 50 years for kicking and punching Lowry and taking his wallet, which contained a couple hundred dollars. Prosecutors say the robbers used the money to buy meth, cigarettes, candies, and soda.

Bissonette cried in court Friday after seeing photos of Lowry from the crime scene.

“I don’t want to live anymore,” he said.

Bissonette said in court that he did not meant kill Lowry, but Seventh Circuit Court Judge Robert Gusinsky did not believe him.

“Stabbed him four times and meant not to kill him?” Gusinsky said. “Sorry, but I don’t buy that. This was pure murder.”

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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