Stebe to face aggravated sentencing

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The state intends to seek aggravated sentencing against a man accused of committing a double homicide.

According to court documents, 45-year-old Darren Stebe of Bemidji made his first appearance in court last Friday, and the prosecutors presented their reasons to seek an upward durational departure, or more severe sentencing than the state’s guidelines.

Darren Stebe, 45. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Stebe is accused of slaying 39-year-old Adam Thorpe of Maple Grove and 41-year-old Jason McDonough of Superior, and also of dismembering and burning their bodies in a fire pit.

That, and Stebe’s violent criminal history, is why the state is seeking aggravated sentencing.

The alleged homicides took place at a residence off of Highway 89 around the end of January, and Stebe had been in custody since February. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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