St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man who served a prison sentence for a murder conviction 20-yeas ago has been granted a new sentencing hearing for his most recent conviction.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled an error was made in calculating 48-year-old Mark Huyber’s criminal history score before he was given an 81-month prison sentence last year for his conviction on stalking and burglary charges. The decision by the Court of Appeals will not necessarily result in a reduced sentence for Huyber. The ruling states the judge in the case still has the discretion to order a longer than recommended sentence because Huyber had previously been classified as a career offender because of his history of violent offenses.

His most recent convictions stem from a break-in at a Rochester home in 2018. The woman living in the residence returned home and found natural gas filling the residence from a cut gas line and later discovered sugar had been poured into the gas tank parked in the garage. Huyber eventually admitted to the break-in and the vandalism to the vehicle but denied he was responsible for the gas leak.

He previously was sentenced to 18-years in prison for a fatal shooting in Rochester in 1999 and was later given a 21-month prison term for a domestic violence incident involving an ex-girlfriend. Huyber was also convicted of threatening the same woman shortly after his release from prison for the murder conviction. He was placed on probation for that offense.

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