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Garrison woman found guilty of murdering her estranged husband

Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie reported a Cass County jury returned at 8:30 p.m. Friday with a verdict of guilty on the counts of intentional murder in the second degree and interference with a dead body in the matter of the state of Minnesota vs. Helene Teresa Mitchell-Abraham age 62, of Garrison.

Mitchell-Abraham was previously indicted on charges of first degree premeditated murder, second degree intentional murder and interference with a dead body.

Strandlie reports that the jury heard two-and-a-half days of testimony and deliberated for approximately four hours before returning the verdict. The indictment alleged that Mitchell-Abraham intentionally struck and killed her estranged husband, Wendall Wayne Abraham, age 64, with her motor vehicle on or about Sept. 23, 2010, with premeditation. Second degree intentional murder carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison while interference with a dead body carries a maximum penalty of a $3,000 fine and one year in jail.

The Minnesota sentencing guidelines call for a presumptive sentence of 326 months in prison. Sentencing in the matter is scheduled for July 9.

The criminal investigation was conducted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Mankato Police Department and the Storm Lake, Iowa Police Department. Judge John P. Smith presided over the trial.

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