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Continued: Teen convicted in brutal East Side beating gets 16 years

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 25, 2014 - 9:47 PM

Although he has recovered beyond initial expectations, Widstrand told Smith he’ll likely require medical care for the rest of his life. It’s unclear if he’ll ever recover enough to drive regularly, work full time or live on his own.

Widstrand lives with his parents, and continues to receive outpatient care at the Courage Center. He’s scheduled to have a plastic plate screwed, sewn and stapled into his skull on April 3, his fifth brain surgery.

Doctors had removed part of his skull to alleviate pressure and later replaced it. But it was removed due to infection, necessitating the plastic plate, which will be permanent, barring unforeseen problems.

“There is no end in sight,” Widstrand told Smith.

But Widstrand also showed his characteristic optimism Tuesday, saying after the sentencing that he appreciated hearing Butler’s comments. He said he’s looking forward to getting back outside after his surgery next week, and possibly driving again.

“I hope everyone can move on from this,” Widstrand said.


Chao Xiong • 612-270-4708

Twitter: @ChaoStrib


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