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Sauk Rapids teen to be tried as adult in fatal punch death
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A judge has certified a 17-year-old boy to stand trial as an adult in the death of a college student who was punched in a St. Cloud alley.


Prosecutors have charged Jesse Jean Smithers of Sauk Rapids with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault.

Smithers appeared in adult court Monday. A judge set unconditional bail at $1 million or conditional bail at $500,000.

A complaint accuses Smithers of jumping out of a car on Sept. 20 and punching 20-year-old Colton Gleason once in the face.

Gleason fell backward and hit his head. The Minnesota State University, Mankato student later died.

The St. Cloud Times ( reports Smithers has denied having anything to do with the attack on Gleason.

A message left for Smithers' attorney was not immediately returned Monday.


Information from: St. Cloud Times,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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