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Jacobson Accepts Plea Deal

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Simon Jacobson, the man accused of kidnapping and killing Dejuan Laster in January accepts a plea deal.

The deal was agreed to Friday morning during a meeting at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility. Jacobson pleads guilty to deliberate homicide, aggravated kidnapping, and two counts of robbery. The plea deal was reached at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility courtroom. Simon Jacobson kidnapped Dejuan Laster from a hotel in Billings in January and killed him. Laster's body was found in a culvert near Shepherd.

"It is unfortunate that I took Dejuan's life. And nobody deserves to lose their life no matter what it is that they're involved in," says Jacobson.

According to Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito, The plea agreement between the state and Jacobson calls for a joint recommendation by both parties on deliberate homicide, for life without the possibility of parole.

"The state's recommendation is obviously very significant and very severe, and appropriate in light of the facts and circumstances of this case," says Twito.

The state recommends life in prison plus an additional one hundred years, and Judge Gregory Todd reminded Jacobson the judge doesn't have to follow the recommended plea agreement in sentencing. Jacobson says he just wants closure for Laster's family.

"Hopefully we can get this resolved as quick as possible in the hopes that the Laster family receives some closure for the situation. As much closure as I can give them without my life being taken," says Laster.

Sentencing for those crimes will be set in the fall. However, Jacobson will go to prison immediately for one year on a prior offense.

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