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District of Minnesota

Thursday, March 23, 2017

White Earth Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Murder

Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced the sentencing of STERLING KYLE ANDERSEN, 24, to 30 years in prison for second degree murder. ANDERSON, who was indicted on February 1, 2016, pleaded guilty on November 9, 2016, before U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery in Minneapolis, Minn.


According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on October 7, 2015, while babysitting his girlfriend’s three-year-old son (identified as S.W.W.), ANDERSEN became agitated when he was not able to stop S.W.W. from crying. As a result of his frustration, ANDERSEN brutally assaulted S.W.W. with his fists and knees causing traumatic internal and external injuries. When emergency personnel and law enforcement arrived, ANDERSEN said that S.W.W. had fallen in the woods while running and hit his head, but ultimately confessed to the brutal assault. The victim was transported to the hospital via helicopter but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.


This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, White Earth Police Department, Becker County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad prosecuted the case.



Defendant Information:



Duluth, Minn.



  • Murder in the second degree, 1 count



  • 360 months in prison

  • Five years supervised release






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Updated March 24, 2017