Jonathan Rubio-Segura guilty of murder, manslaughter in drunken fight
Jurors deliberated for five hours before deciding Jonathan Rubio-Segura's fate in his murder trial this afternoon.
The verdict: guilty.
Rubio-Segura was hanging out in downtown Minneapolis last spring, drunk, when he stumbled across Anthony Gale. Gale was an Edina businessman who shook hands with Rubio-Segura and hugged him after a short, pleasant chat. That's when Rubio-Segura sucker-punched Gale, knocking him to the ground and causing a head trauma that eventually took the man's life.
Today, jurors decided Rubio-Segura is guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Rubio-Segura's defense attorney, Robert Kolstad, never denied that his client punched Gale: The entire confrontation was recorded by a surveillance camera for Augie's Bourbon Street Cabaret. Kolstad's argument was that Rubio-Segura had been too drunk to be held responsible for his actions.
That argument didn't fly with the jury. Rubio-Segura will have to hope it goes over better with the judge at sentencing, which is scheduled for the week of September 12. Rubio-Segura faces a combined maximum 50 years in prison for the killing.
After he serves his time, Rubio-Segura will have to answer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rubio-Segura is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who will almost certainly be deported after he is released from prison.
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