ANOKA, Minn. – (March 8, 2018) – When 95-year-old Albert Loehlein was brutally murdered in his Anoka home in Nov. of 2016, it was a crime that shook the community.
This, week Loehlein’s killer entered a guilty plea in Anoka County District Court.
Isaiah Thomas entered Loehlein’s Anoka home intended to rob him but it turned deadly. Thomas pled guilty to first-degree murder while committing a felony; he will be sentenced in April. Loehlein’s family released a statement this week after the guilty plea.
In their statement, they thanked local law enforcement and the Anoka County Attorney’s Office. They also thanked the community saying, “Our family also wishes to acknowledge the overwhelming support from extended family, friends, and community throughout this tragedy. Everyone’s out-pouring of care and concern helped our family through this very difficult ordeal. We are reminded of how widely our Dad was known and cared about in the Anoka community and beyond. Our Family supports the decision to accept the first degree murder guilty plea. This plea helps to bring closure for us. We want to remember the good long life that Dad lived.”