ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) – An 18-year-old Sauk Rapids man accused of a deadly assault has changed his not guilty plea 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.READ MORE: Alexis Saborit Now Charged With 1st-Degree Murder In Girlfriend's Beheading
In Sept. 2012, Smithers was a passenger 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.READ MORE: 3 Shootings In Minneapolis Leave 6 Injured, 2 Critically
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.MORE NEWS: 'She Was A Jewel': Community Holds Vigil For Victim Of Quadruple Homicide
His trial will begin on Nov. 13. Sentencing is set for Feb. 6.