Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Thomas Michael Luby, age 62 of South St. Paul, was sentenced today to 346 months in prison by Judge Joseph Carter in connection with the August 7, 2015 stabbing death of Kelly Ann Anderson, age 45, also of South St. Paul. In April of 2016, a jury convicted Luby of First Degree Murder and he was sentenced to life in prison. The Minnesota Supreme Court overturned this conviction on December 29, 2017. At the conclusion of the second trial on December 18, 2018, Luby was convicted by a Dakota County Jury of two counts of Second Degree Murder (Intentional and While Committing a Felony).
The facts pertaining to these charges can be found in the criminal complaint available online at: http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/CriminalComplaint/Pages/default.aspx. Prior news releases can be viewed at https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/AttorneyNewsReleases/Pages/default.aspx. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Backstrom commented: “This was an extremely violent murder with the victim being stabbed over 70 times. We are pleased to have brought Thomas Luby to justice in this case. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Kelly Anderson."
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorneys Elizabeth Swank and Jacqlyn Warner, who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the South St. Paul Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Dakota County Electronic Crimes Unit who assisted in this investigation.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.