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Michigan man sentenced to four life terms

COLBY, Kan. -- Daniel Remeta, moments after apologizing for his crimes, was sentenced to four consecutive life terms in prison for a murder spree across northwest Kansas.

In sentencing the 27-year-old Traverse City, Mich., resident, District Judge Keith Willoughby said there is no excuse for the 'cold-blooded' murders that claimed the lives of two men abducted from a grain elevator.

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Willoughby sentenced Remeta to life terms for the execution-style slayings of Rick Schroeder, 28, Levant, and Glenn Moore, 55, Colby. Schroeder and Moore were working at the grain elevator when they were taken hostage by Remeta and three cohorts Feb. 13.

Willoughby also sentenced Remeta to life terms for the aggravated kidnapping of Schroeder and Moore, 15 years to life in prison for wounding Thomas County Undersheriff Ben Albright, 15 years to life on a charge of aggravated robbery and five to 20 years for wounding Maurice Christie, the manager of the grain elevator.

Remeta, who had pleaded guilty to all charges, showed no emotion during the sentencing, but told a packed courtroom that he was sorry for the crimes.

The sentences, to run consecutively, were the maximum possible. Remeta has said he wants to be executed for the crimes but Kansas does not have capital punishment.

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Three weeks ago a jury convicted Lisa Dunn, 18, of Traverse City, Mich., and James Hunter, 33, Amoret, Mo., of the same crimes to which Remeta pleaded guilty. A fourth suspect from Michigan, Mark Anthony Walter, was killed by police during a farmyard shootout that ended the crime spree.

Remeta also pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Larry McFarland, 27, the manager of a restaurant in Grainfield where the spree began with a robbery. He has not been sentenced for that crime.

Authorities contend that after the group left the Grainfield restaurant, they wounded Albright after he stopped them in Levant. Minutes later, they wounded Christie at the grain elevator and took Schroeder and Moore hostage. They drove a mile out of Levant, ordered the hostages to lie in a ditch and shot them both in the head.

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