Dikken enters petition to plead guilty

The man charged with the shooting deaths of two people in Granite Falls in September has entered a petition to plead guilty to the charges, Yellow Medicine County court records said.

A plea petition was filed on Wednesday, court records said. In the petition, Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Renville, indicated he wished to plead guilty to two counts of second degree murder charges. The petition acknowledges that Dikken may be sentenced to 632 months in prison, or more than 52 years. The sentence would consist of consecutive sentences; 306 months for the first conviction and 326 months on the second, the petition said.

A plea hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 30, court records said.

Dikken is charged with two counts of second degree murder in the shooting deaths of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls. A complaint alleges Dikken entered a Granite Falls home on Sept. 2 and shot Monson and Panitzke multiple times. Monson died at the scene of the shooting. The complaint alleges Panitzke identified Dikken as the shooter to police. Panitzke died several days later from complications from his wounds.