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3rd Person Charged In Murder, Dismemberment Of Richard Balsimo

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says a third person is now charged in the death of a St. Paul man, who was dismembered and dumped into Lake Superior earlier this summer.

Jacob Colt Johnson
Jacob Colt Johnson (credit: MN BCA)

Thirty-five-year-old Jacob Colt Johnson, from Superior, Wisconsin, was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Richard Balsimo, who investigators say was likely murdered in late June. His remains – placed in a tote bag and multiple buckets -- were recovered in the lake near Grand Portage in mid-July.

Robert West Mug
Robert West (credit: Cook Co. Sheriff)

Two other suspects -- 41-year-old Robert Thomas West and 31-year-old Tommi Lynn Hintz, both from Duluth -- have been formally charged in connection with Balsimo's murder. West was charged in July with aiding an offender and interference with a dead body.

Tommi Hintz mug
Tommi Hintz (credit: Lake Co. Sheriff)

Hintz was charged earlier this month with being an accomplice after the fact to felony murder and interference with a dead body.

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