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Former Esko resident sentenced for girlfriend's murder

A Hibbing High School graduate and former Esko resident was sentenced to 16 1/2 years (198 months) in prison after he was convicted in Hennepin County District Court in early November in the murder of a longtime girlfriend.

A Hibbing High School graduate and former Esko resident was sentenced to 16 ½ years (198 months) in prison after he was convicted in Hennepin County District Court in early November in the murder of a longtime girlfriend.

Douglas Carl Manney, 51, was charged last year after Kristin Sandeen's body was found in her New Hope apartment June 5. She was 40.

Manney is the son of Bob Manney, who started the Manney's Shopper company with publications across the region.

According to court records, Douglas Manney has had several run-ins with the law since 1998 when he lived in Carlton County. Two of his ex-wives testified in the murder trial about his past abuse, including choking. Sandeen had been strangled.

Manney was forced to go to an anger control clinic after one of his Carlton County convictions for violation of an order for protection in 1998. He also has been convicted on felony drug and damage to property charges, impaired driving and assault. Most of those cases resulted in probation.

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Manney was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder Nov. 6. It took the Hennepin County jury five hours to come to its conclusion after a two-week trial. He was sentenced Dec. 5 to 198 months in prison and given credit for 549 days already served.

Police had been called to Sandeen's apartment for a domestic incident the night before she was found dead. She and Manney claimed the other had attacked. Police found no signs of an assault but drove Manney to a hotel for the night. Manney called Sandeen's sister the next morning to say he found her dead in the apartment.

The couple had been together for nine years, according to the Kristen E. Sandeen Foundation for Battered Women that was formed by friends and family of Sandeen shortly after the murder.

The Duluth News Tribune and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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