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Man convicted of 2 Great Falls murders dies in prison


DEER LODGE, Montana — A Montana State Prison inmate who was serving 100 years for two murders in Great Falls in December 1976 has died of an extended illness.

Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry says 70-year-old James Burt Dieziger died Tuesday.

Dieziger was convicted of killing 50-year-old bartender Willis J. Jung while robbing the Shamrock Bar of about $1,000. He also was convicted of killing 56-year-old Anthony Paduano, after apparently encountering Paduano as he picked up aluminum cans from bars for recycling.

The Great Falls Tribune reports ( ) Dieziger had served just over four years for robbing a Choteau bar and trying to rob a Havre bar in 1971 when he was paroled about six months before the murders.

Dieziger was sentenced to an additional 25 years after he was convicted of assaulting a prison guard in 1981.

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