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Continued: Suspect in East Side beating found not guilty on all counts

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 8, 2013 - 10:48 PM

Witnesses have testified that anywhere from four to 15 people punched, kicked and stomped on Widstrand for 30 seconds to 10 minutes.

After the verdicts were read, District Court Judge ­Salvador Rosas issued Maiden a stern warning to clean up his act and re-evaluate his life and friends.

“Mr. Maiden, a friendly word of advice,” Rosas said. “You dodged one here.” Rosas said that if Maiden didn’t change his life, “I have no doubt you’ll be back.”

Mother at trial every day

Widstrand’s parents declined to comment. Maiden’s mother attended each day of the trial and previously declined to comment.

“While we are disappointed with the jury’s verdict, we will respect it and move forward to the remaining cases,” Ramsey County Attorney spokesman Dennis Gerhardstein said in a written statement. “We remain committed to holding accountable those who were involved in the senseless beating of Ray Widstrand.”

One 15-year-old pleaded guilty in the attack and is serving time. Two other juveniles are charged and have open cases. Butler has a pretrial date later this month.

 

Chao Xiong • 612-270-4708

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