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04-11-2017, 07:39 PM

Murder charge upped to first-degree in killing of 95-year-old Anoka man
UPDATED: April 11, 2017 at 8:16 pm


The man accused of beating a 95-year-old Anoka man to death and pawning some of his property is now charged with first-degree murder.

Isaiah Montrell Thomas, 27, previously was charged with second-degree murder in the November killing of Albert John Loehlein. An Anoka County grand jury now has indicted Thomas on first-degree charges, which were unsealed Tuesday, according to a statement from Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo.

“The first-degree murder indictment reflects the horrible loss of life suffered by Mr. Loehlein in this case,” Palumbo said in the statement.

Loehlein suffered multiple blows to the head, face and neck, according to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, and it appeared he had been dead for two days when a family member delivering groceries found him in his bedroom on Nov. 28.

Fingerprints in Loehlein’s blood-spattered bedroom and a clock recovered from a Maplewood pawnshop led investigators to Thomas.


Albert J. Loehlein of Anoka, Minnesota | 1921 - 2016 | Obituary

04-13-2017, 07:09 AM

Al Loehlein (credit: Loehlein Family)

Investigators soon learned that Thomas pawned a small mantle clock at a Maplewood pawn show on Nov. 27. Family members positively identified it as being taken from Loehlein’s residence, along with two pocket watches. Authorities also note that there was no evidence that more than one person entered the residence and/or killed Loehlein.

04-11-2018, 08:01 AM

Man Who Killed Former WCCO Engineer Sentenced To Life In Prison
April 9, 2018 at 5:24 pm


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The man who murdered a 95-year-old grandfather in his Anoka home was sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Isaiah Thomas, 28, pleaded guilty last month. He admitted that he broke into Albert Loehlein’s home in November 2016 and beat him to death before ransacking the house. At the time of the murder, Thomas was awaiting sentencing on another burglary case.