After 17 months of waiting, a family finally learned how much time the man who killed their son will be in prison. A Stearns County judge sentenced 18-year-old Jesse Smithers to 10 years on Thursday. Smithers admitted to delivering the deadly punch in a St. Cloud alley almost a year and a half ago. On Sept. 21, 2012, Colton Gleason was walking with friends when a car pulled up, and Smithers got out and punched him. Colton died after falling and hitting his head.
An 18-year-old Sauk Rapids man accused of a deadly assault has changed his originally plea of not guilty to 2nd-degree murder in a Stearns County court Friday morning. According to the Stearns County Attorney’s office, Jesse Smithers amended his plea to 2nd-degree unintentional murder. In Sept. 2012, Smithers was riding in a car driving down a St. Cloud alley when he asked the driver to stop. He got out of the vehicle and approached three men nearby, including Colton Gleason. Smithers punched Gleason with a closed fist. He later died at St. Cloud Hospital from his injuries. Smithers was 17 at the time of the crime, and was charged as an adult.
A juvenile petition was filed Tuesday for one count of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree manslaughter and one count of first-degree assault against a 17-year-old accused in the fatal punching death of a St. Cloud man.
St. Cloud Police have arrested a 17-year-old male in connection to an unprovoked attacked that killed a 20-year-old Greenfield man.
Friends of a 20-year-old Greenfield man are turning to social media to help find the person who assaulted him in a St. Cloud alley.
St. Cloud Police are still asking for the public’s help in locating the person who punched a 20-year-old Greenfield man, causing his death.