Randy Bode of Algona has been sentenced to prison in the death of Nicole Berte (birdy) of Livermore.In a packed Kossuth County courtroom Tuesday, Judge Joseph Strom sentenced Bode to the maximum allowed by law, up to ten years for manslaughter and up to 25 for sexual abuse. Bode will also pay 150-thousand dollars in restitution to Berte’s estate. The sentences will run consecutively to a ten-year prison on a previous sexual-abuse charge. Berte’s body was found in a burned-out pickup in November 2000 southeast of Algona. During victim impact statements, Berte’s mother Lois Coalhouse said Bode hasn’t shown any remorse for the crime. Bode will be taken to the Oakdale Classification and Medical Center where they’ll determine where he’ll serve his time.
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