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Judge raises restitution in murder case

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POLSON — Diana Cote and her three sons appeared before District Judge Deborah Kim Christopher seeking additional restitution in the murder of her daughter, Tasheena Craft. 

Craft was brutally murdered in 2007. Her murderer, Kelly Birmingham, is serving a 100-year sentence in the Montana State Penitentiary.

Judge Christopher obliged the family and raised restitution in the case to $5 million.  

“(The additional restitution) makes a statement that what he (Birmingham) did was wrong,” Cote said, although she admitted the family probably would never see any money. 

The family hosts an annual round dance to honor Craft’s memory.


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