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Published August 01, 2012, 05:58 PM

Family of Kurt Johnson testifies against Cooperstown criminal

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (WDAY TV) - As the judge handed down Wacht's sentence, Kurt Johnson's family sat in the front row of the courtroom.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (WDAY TV) - As the judge handed down Wacht's sentence, Kurt Johnson's family sat in the front row of the courtroom.

During victim impact statements, Kurt's brother Korwin took the stand, representing his family and talked about the pain they've endured since the murder.

When Kurt Johnson's brother Korwin spoke in court, he said any sentence other than life without parole would be offensive to his brother's memory.

Korwin Johnson, Kurt’s brother: “On January 1st of 2010, the children and family of Kurt Johnson received a lifetime sentence of memories and nightmares of his murder.”

Korwin spoke haltingly as he recounted the impact his brother's murder has had on the family. Particularly, on Kurt's three children.

Johnson: “Now these three kids must go through life without their father.”

He described Kurt as someone who loved life, loved his kids and was dedicated to his work.

After Kurt's murder, the small community of Cooperstown will never be the same.

Marina Spahr: “It changed the way people live in Griggs County. Lives have changed forever. Doors are locked. Strangers aren't welcomed the same way anymore.”

Now that his brother's killer will spend the rest of his life in jail, Korwin says the family got the sentence they hoped for.

Johnson: “Life without parole is what we hoped for. As far as true justice, no. You know, nothing will ever bring Kurt back.”

Wacht did not make any comments in court today.

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