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Northfield, MN (KROC-AM News) - The final defendant charged in connection with the murder of a rural Northfield man last summer has worked out a plea agreement with Dakota County prosecutors.

A news release from the Dakota County Attorney's Office says 23-year-old Ryann Smith of White Bear Lake entered a guilty plea Monday to one count of first-degree assault. She had been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder for her involvement in the death of 55-year-old Chris Lafontaine.

He was found dead in the bathroom of his home, with his hands and legs bound together and a rag and glove fastened over his mouth. An autopsy later determined Lafontaine's death was the result of asphyxiation.

His body was discovered the afternoon of July 2 after Dakota County deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the property. Officials say a neighbor had gone to check on Lafontaine and called 911 after spotting two men running away from the residence and speeding away in the victim's SUV.

The vehicle was later located in Northfield, where police officers captured the driver and the front-seat passenger. Stephanie Peabody and Timothy Tuit earlier entered guilty pleas to aiding an offender and are scheduled to be sentenced on May 11th. The two other occupants of the stolen SUV, Smith and Nicholas Taylor managed to elude authorities but were later captured in Montana.

Dakota County Sheriff's Office Photo
Dakota County Sheriff's Office Photo

Taylor, who is from St. Paul, admitted to a second-degree murder charge last month and is scheduled for sentencing on June 2. Dakota County prosecutors say a presentencing investigation has been ordered for Smith, who also has her sentencing hearing scheduled on June 2. In the meantime, she is being held in the Dakota County jail without bail.

BRRRR: The 15 Coldest Cities in America

You live here. You know how cold it gets, and by now you're probably used to it, but you should probably brace yourself because the National Weather Service issued a La Niña advisory last month and said, "La Niña winters in the southern tier of the US tend to be warmer and drier, while the northern tier and Canada tend to be even colder.

The list below is from Niche. They put together their list of the coldest cities in the county by looking at which ones had "the coldest average low temperatures during the winter months." Keep scrolling to see the 15 coldest cities in the United States.

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