3 Years After Murder, Family Memorializes Son With 'Colton's Law'Colton Gleason, 20, died a day after he was punched in the head in an alley in St. Cloud. The teen who threw the fatal blow, Jesse Smithers, had just been released from juvenile detention and had not been fitted with his GPS monitoring device.
Teen Gets 10 Years For Fatal PunchAfter 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.
Teen Accused Of Fatal Punch Changes Plea To 2nd-Degree MurderAn 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.
Man Charged With Murder For St. Cloud Fatal PunchA 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.
Suspect Arrested In St. Cloud Punch DeathSt. Cloud Police have arrested a 17-year-old male in connection to an unprovoked attacked that killed a 20-year-old Greenfield man.
Twitter Used In Effort Find Greenfield Man’s KillerFriends 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.
Police: No Leads In St. Cloud Punching DeathSt. 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.