Rockford Man Sentenced for Beating Girlfriend to Death


The man who beat his girlfriend to death in 2012 found out Wednesday how long he’ll spend behind bars.

A judge sentenced Kurt Knutson to 30 years, at the conclusion of his trial in Winnebago County court Tuesday. 

Knutson was found guilty of 1st degree murder in the beating death of his girlfriend, Samantha Therriault.  Knutson originally told police three or four people killed Therriault at a local park.  But, an investigation concluded it had actually been him.

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