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Published October 07, 2010, 03:50 PM

Suspect pleads guilty to double homicide in Mahnomen County

Mahnomen, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Dramatic developments into that double homicide in Mahnomen County. The suspect is admitting guilt. 52-year old Timothy Thorson pleaded guilty today to all four felonies. Two counts of 2nd degree murder, burglary, and theft of a motor vehicle.

In a surprising and rare move, the suspect went against his attorney's advice and pleaded guilty to the charges. Thorson admits to gunning down Francis and Ethyl Lundon in their rural Mahnomen home last Thursday.

He says someone told him a drug dealer lived there. Thorson then stole their pickup, before being arrested later that night. In court today, his plea hearing was scheduled for nine this morning, but it didn't happen for several hours.

During that time, prosecutors met with the Lundon family. They approved the plea. Thorson was calm and lucid, while the judge and his attorney repeatedly asked him questions to make sure this is what he wanted to do.

Thorson's guilty plea is not a plea deal. Prosecutors plan to seek consecutive sentences, meaning Thorson will spend the rest of his life behind bars. He'll be sentenced next month. About 30 family members attended the hearing. They declined comment.