Youngmark gets the max
Gruesome Milltown homicide case finally resolved
by Greg Marsten
Leader staff writer
MILLTOWN – Scott Youngmark, 45, will be just a few days short of his 100th birthday when he is no longer incarcerated in a state penitentiary, after receiving literally the maximum sentence possible for the homicide of his alleged fiancee, Kari G. Roberts, 47.
Even then, he will spend the next quarter century on extended supervision of the Department of Corrections.
In an extensive, half-day-long sentencing hearing on Friday, June 7, Polk County Judge Jeffery Anderson threw the book at Youngmark, formerly of Milltown. He is the man who admitted to brutally killing Roberts last November at her Milltown apartment.
The photos of the crime scene and the victim were considered so graphic and heinous, the judge ordered many of them sealed forever, and only revealed some of the details during the sentencing phase for consideration of how much time he should receive.
In a recent plea agreement meant to eliminate the possibility of life imprisonment, Youngmark avoided a gruesome trial, but many of the details of the crime were revealed at the hearing.
Citing a criminal record so extensive it took the judge over an hour to recite it, going back almost 35 years, the judge ultimately sentenced Youngmark to the maximum he could receive for second-degree intentional homicide: 60 years, with 40 years of incarceration and another two decades of extended supervision.
He also received the maximum ten years - five years of incarceration - for an unrelated criminal felony assault, which will be served consecutively to the homicide sentence.
In total, Youngmark will be a very old man when or if he is ever free, as he will be in prison for at least 44 years and change, meaning he will be nearly 100 years old when released.
Roberts' family, friends and even one of Youngmarks' former victims - a woman whom he had put into a coma with a previous beating - all spoke out against him in victim impact statements, while also revealing many of the positive details of Kari Roberts, a woman almost unknown during the proceedings, as the family had previously limited the release of details since her death late last year.
Read about the crime, hearing, sentence and some of the extraordinary and chilling details of his past criminal history, as well as how Roberts' family and friends reacted to the homicide in this week'sLeader, available on June 12.