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Published January 29, 2013, 01:10 PM

Life sentence appropriate for North Dakota man, brother says

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The brother of a North Dakota man sentenced to life in prison for killing his mother said Tuesday that the sentence is appropriate and that his brother will not be able to hurt anybody else.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The brother of a North Dakota man sentenced to life in prison for killing his mother said Tuesday that the sentence is appropriate and that his brother will not be able to hurt anybody else.

Dale Grenstiner said his brother Dean has mental health issues, and that the men's mother, 83-year-old Ann Grenstiner, tried to get Deal help, but that Dean thought she was picking on him.

Dean Grenstiner was sentenced Monday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for beating to death Ann Grenstiner on March 27, 2012. He previously pleaded guilty to her murder.

"Dean will not be able to hurt anybody again," Dale Grenstiner told The Bismarck Tribune.

Dale Grenstiner, who is a police officer in Connecticut, thanked Bismarck police for keeping him informed after his mother's death.

"The residents of Bismarck should be proud of their police department," Dale Grenstiner said.

He also commended the state's attorney's office, the Burleigh County assistant state's attorney and the victim-witness coordinator.

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