(Minneapolis, MN) – Sentencing is scheduled for this afternoon for a 24-year-old Le Sueur man who killed his friend’s grandfather, after having hid in a closet in the victim’s basement for two days.
The sentencing guidelines call for Nathan Foth to get between 23 and 32 years in prison, after earlier pleading guilty to second degree murder.
According to the complaint, the body of 74-year-old Allen Retzer was found in his Eden Prairie home on July 22, 2016. The autopsy determined that he had died from two stab wounds to the neck.
After the killing, Foth stole Retzer’s credit cards, money and a van and headed west. He was able to make it to Oregon and was arrested without incident after police were able to link him to the case.
For two days before the murder, Foth hid in a basement closet in Retzer’s home and was hearing voices, but he said the voices were gone when he went upstairs with the intention of killing the man.
Foth’s history includes a burglary arrest at a funeral home in Le Sueur from 2011. In 2014, his parents reported that he and a friend were suspected of stealing about $18,000 in cash from a safe in their home.