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Meister sentenced to life in prison

MOSCOW, ID - A Moscow man was sentenced to life in prison for murder a second time on Friday.

David Meister was found guilty for the the murder of 21-year-old Tonya Hart in December of 2001. During the sentencing hearing, the state called Erin Higham to the stand as the final arguments for evidence of aggravation were made. Higham, a friend of Meister, testified that at the time of the murder she would watch him draw "awfully brutal depictions on women being tortured or mutilated in some fashion."

Also called to the stand was the mother and aunt of Hart. Hart's mother, Deborah, addressed Meister by saying "you are a cold blooded murderer and I hope you burn in hell in all your days left on earth."

Meister later addressed the court by asking the judge to provide him with some light at the end of the tunnel. However, Judge Carl Kerrick told Meister that there was no justification and no way to predict he won't commit another offense. Meister was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
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