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18-Year-Old Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail For Fatally Punching Student

An 18-year-old in St. Cloud, Minnesota has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally punching a 20-year-old in the face.

According to reports, Jesse Smithers perpetrated what authorities called a “tragic, unprovoked attack” on college student Colson Gleason in September of 2012. Gleason and two women were reportedly walking down an alley near St. Cloud State University when a passing car with five to seven passengers suddenly stopped. Smithers had reportedly told the driver to stop, got out of the vehicle, approached Gleason, and punched him in the face before getting back in the car. He reportedly told the others that Gleason was unconscious.

Gleason was rushed to the hospital and regained consciousness, but he tragically died a short time later from his injuries.

"You know, we've lost our baby and we're all hurting because of that," said Colton’s father John Gleason outside the courtroom where Smithers was officially charged in September 2012. "Right now, we need this to happen. I'm going to be honest with you. This is a really hard thing. We know we need to see the person who took our son's life, and you know, right now, we're just numb.”

At the time, Smithers was 17-years-old. Now 18, he will live the next 10 years of his life in prison, although a judge says that if he doesn’t get into any trouble while he’s there, he could be released after five.


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