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Life without parole for Chad Isaak

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A Washburn man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of four people who worked for a Mandan-based property management company.

47 year old Chad Isaak was convicted of the April, 2019 murders of four employees of RJR Maintenance and Management – the co-owner, Robert Fakler, and employees Adam Fuehrer, Bill Cobb and Lois Cobb. Their bodies were found in the company’s office. The victims had been shot and stabbed.

Isaak owned a home on property RJR managed. But no motive for the murders was established.

Morton County Prosecutor Gabrielle Goter asked for four consecutive life sentences.

"There was absolutely no mercy shown," Goter told District Judge David Reich. "There was a level of brutality and pre-planning to these crimes. There was no 'heat-of-the-moment,' no fight. It was pre-planned, pre-meditated and cold-blooded murder."

Following victim impact statements from family members, Isaak briefly addressed the court.

"I can honestly tell you that I'm not a murderer," Isaak said. "That's all I have to say."

Defense attorneys asked for a sentence of life in prison with the potential of parole. But District judge David Reich said he agreed with the prosecution’s recommendation, saying Isaak had shown no remorse.

No word yet on whether the case will be appealed.