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Published April 15, 2011, 04:31 PM

Man Gets 5 Years for One-punch Assault That Killed Former UND Student Body President

A southeast Minnesota man was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday for a drunken, one-punch assault outside a St. Michael bar that led to another man's death.

By: Associated Press,

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — A southeast Minnesota man was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday for a drunken, one-punch assault outside a St. Michael bar that led to another man's death.

Wright County District Judge Kathleen Mottl issued the maximum sentence she could under the terms of Alexander Tuomisto's plea bargain with prosecutors, the Star Tribune reported.

Tuomisto, 24, lived above the bar in the city about 25 miles northwest of Minneapolis and admitted that he punched Adam Baker, 32, last May. Baker fell to the concrete, hit his head and went into a coma. He died seven months later.

Some witnesses told police that neither Tuomisto nor Baker started the fight. Some said Baker took swings at Tuomisto first.

Baker's blood-alcohol level at the hospital was 0.23, almost three times the legal limit to drive.

The sentencing followed a three-hour hearing that included statements from Tuomisto's family and family members of Baker, a former University of North Dakota student body president. About 90 people filed the courtroom and another 30 waited in the hallway because they couldn't get in.

The judge also ordered Tuomisto to pay up to $20,000 in restitution. By law, Tuomisto must serve at least 40 months of the sentence and be on supervised release for the remainder.

The defense had asked Mottle for nor more than 19 months in prison.

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