Burglar convicted of murder for killing Minneapolis homeowner who confronted him

  • Updated: July 18, 2013 - 6:49 PM

A 19-year-old burglar was convicted of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of a north Minneapolis man who confronted him.

Jamil Joshua Eason was found guilty Thursday in the November stabbing death of 45-year-old Jay Arthur Rosio, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Eason must serve 30 years of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Charges say Rosio confronted Eason when he broke into Rosio’s house at 3838 Humboldt Av. N. During a struggle, Eason beat and strangled Rosio before stabbing him with a sword. Eason then stole Rosio’s cell phone and computer and set fire to the house.

Police tracked Rosio’s phone to a business where the phone was sold, and identified Eason through surveillance footage. A cellmate of Eason’s testified during his five-day trial that Eason had confessed to the crime. Eason, a known burglar, will be brought back to face two more burglary charges in September, the County Attorney’s Office said.

ABBY SIMONS

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