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.

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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.

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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.

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His trial will begin on Nov. 13. Sentencing is set for Feb. 6.