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Jesse Sackett

Jesse Sackett

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A Missoula man who murdered his wife in 1986 was arrested in Minnesota on Monday, nine years after he absconded after being released on probation.

Jesse Sackett pleaded guilty to beating his wife Diana with a bat, shooting her in the head and dumping her body down an embankment in October 1986. The next spring, he was sentenced to 60 years in the Montana State Prison with 20 of those years suspended by Missoula County District Court Judge Doug Harkin.

“People like him are what we have prisons for,” Harkin said at the time.

But Sackett was released early on probation in 2007, and transferred his supervision to New Jersey. In 2009, he disappeared, Acting U.S. Marshal for the District of Montana Rod Ostermiller told the Missoulian.

Ostermiller said the U.S. Marshals Service recently received a tip that Sackett was living in Minnesota under the false name Richard Tissot. Marshals investigated the lead, and eventually located Sackett and arrested him Monday in Minneapolis.

In Missoula, Chief Deputy County Attorney Jason Marks said when he was alerted last month that the U.S. Marshals Service had a new lead in Sackett’s whereabouts, he obtained a new arrest warrant that means Sackett will be held without bail until he is returned to Missoula.

Marks said he didn’t believe that as of Tuesday morning, Sackett had made a court appearance in Minnesota to start the process of transferring him back.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.