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Accomplice to Downwind murder sentenced to 16 years


BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man convicted of aiding an offender in connection with the death of Rose Downwind was sentenced to 16 years and nine months in prison Tuesday.

A jury found in October that Brandon Rossbach, 32, helped Downwind's killer—her former boyfriend Marchello Cimmarusti— burn and bury her body. Rossbach will be eligible for supervised release after serving 11 years and two months of his sentence and would spend the remaining time on parole.

Rossbach has been incarcerated for more than a year, and received credit for the 378 days he has been in custody. He was arrested on Dec. 9, 2015 after Cimmarusti confessed to killing Downwind and said that Rossbach and another man, Christopher Davis, helped transport Downwind's body to a location outside of Bemidji where they burned and buried it.


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