MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 53-year-old St. Paul man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for killing a 44-year-old woman with a baseball bat.

Michael Sherman was convicted of unintentional second-degree murder on Aug. 12 for the beating death of Lelia Kim Scott on Jan. 21.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to Sherman’s apartment building at 6:39 a.m. on Jan. 21, at 313 N. Dale St. by one of his neighbors.

Upon arrival, they found Scott’s body and a bloody baseball bat. An autopsy determined Scott died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

According to the complaint, Scott was seen entering Sherman’s apartment at 5:14 a.m. on Jan. 21. At 6:31 a.m., Sherman can be seen leaving his apartment and knocking on the neighbor’s door. The neighbor then looked inside Sherman’s apartment and immediately called police. Sherman was arrested that day by St. Paul Police.

Sherman, who is deaf, told police he acted in self-defense after Scott tried to steal his money.

Comments (6)
  1. jan says:

    Twelve years is like a slap on the wrist. He beat somebody to death with a baseball bat. I wonder what you’d have to do to get life in prison if this horrible crime only gets you twelve years.

    1. sadtruth says:

      Just get caught with some pot

  2. isnt is strange? says:

    I love when its a story about a caucasian doing wrong, no one has any racist comments. how weird.

    1. whosthebiggot says:

      Is your point ti incite racism? Gandhi said ‘be the change that you want to see in the world’

  3. Nancy Jane says:

    Only 12 years for a woman’s life. Not racist, sexist. Give him life for a life.

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