A Minnesota man convicted of killing two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home in 2012 has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to the victims’ families. Sixty-six-year-old Byron Smith was convicted in April of first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. Smith was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He is appealing.
A 55-year-old Little Falls man died in a pond crash in Aitkin County Saturday afternoon, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The state patrol says a man was traveling in a 1999 Dodge Durango westbound on Highway 18 near Highway 169 when he ran off the road, crashed and rolled into a pond upside down.
Just outside of Little Falls is a historic site open only in the summertime, so you still have several weeks to plan a visit. The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site has the preserved childhood home of the famed aviator, as well as the Charles A. Lindbergh State Park across the street (and which is named after the aviator’s father).
A power line electrocuted a man Wednesday afternoon while he was trimming trees in Minnetonka, Minn. It happened just after 1 p.m. on Townline Road. A 21-year-old man, who is an employee of a tree trimming company out of Little Falls, was about 30 feet high when he hit a power line.
The attorney of the Little Falls man convicted for murdering two teens on Thanksgiving Day 2012 said he filed appeal documents Wednesday in the state Supreme Court.
A 71-year-old St. Cloud pilot is in critical condition after crashing a helicopter into a barn roof in Morrison County Wednesday morning.
This week marks one month since a Minnesota homeowner went to prison for killing two unarmed teenage burglars. Byron Smith is serving life behind bars for shooting Nick Brady and Haile Kifer. The two cousins broke into his home in Little Falls on Thanksgiving 2012. Smith said it was self-defense, but a jury decided it was murder.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is sharing his thoughts on the case against Byron Smith, the Little Falls man found guilty of murdering two teenagers who had broken into his home. “This was a preplanned, well thought out, way to murder a couple of kids whom he was angry at because he had a few things stolen out of his house and garage,” Orput said.
The Little Falls, Minn. man who shot and killed two teenagers after they broke into his home has been found guilty of all four counts of premeditated murder.
A sheriff’s deputy testifying in the trial of a Minnesota man who killed two teens when they broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day 2012 testified Friday that Byron Smith had told him just weeks earlier that he wanted to catch the people who had been burglarizing his home.
Two teenage cousins killed after breaking into a Minnesota man’s home were shot a total of nine times, with some shots coming from close range, a medical examiner testified at the man’s murder trial Thursday.
According to the American Bar Association, a judge can declare a mistrial due to the death of a juror or attorney, an error that would cause prejudice and couldn’t be rectified with jury instructions, impropriety in jury selection, jury misconduct or a hung jury.
Authorities who searched the home of a Minnesota man who shot and killed two teens testified Wednesday that they found an audio recorder that was turned on, an operating surveillance system and a cellphone jamming device.
Minnesota jurors listened Tuesday to an audio recording of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a homeowner who says he feared for his life after several break-ins.
A Minnesota man on trial for killing two teenagers after they broke into his house had been lying in wait in his basement with a book, some snacks and two guns, a prosecutor said Monday in his opening statement. Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day in 2012.