Delbert Huber, the 83-year-old rural Paynesville man sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for shooting and killing 43-year-old Timothy Larson in October 2011, died June 11 from natural causes connected to “complications of a perforated gastric ulcer.’’ That’s according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The West Central Tribune reports Lori Hedican, chief investigator for the office, said the Department of Corrections investigates the deaths of all prisoners in its custody. Sometimes when prisoners are on hospice or in the infirmary, for example, no further investigation is needed if they die under medical supervision.
But Hedican says because of the circumstances of the murder case, it was deemed necessary to do an autopsy.
Huber was brought to St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, which is the office’s jurisdiction, where he died at 9:23 p.m. June 11. The autopsy was performed by a pathologist at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Hedican said there was no indication in the autopsy report about how long Huber had suffered from the ulcer.
Huber was sentenced in September 2012 to 367 months in prison, the maximum sentence allowed on a second-degree murder charge. A first-degree murder charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Huber entered the state prison system through the St. Cloud prison, which is standard procedure, and then was transferred to the Faribault facility.
Huber and his son, 48-year-old Timothy Huber, were both indicted on first-degree murder charges for killing Larson of Albertville. Delbert Huber shot and killed Larson after a confrontation on Larson family property in rural Belgrade.
Timothy Huber was sentenced to 25 years in prison.