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Buffalo Man Gets Prison Time In One-Punch Fatal Assault

Court ActionBUFFALO  (AP) – A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a one-punch assault outside a St. Michael bar that led to another man’s death.

Wright County District Judge Kathleen Mottl on Friday issued the maximum sentence to 24-year-old Alexander Tuomisto that she could under the terms of Tuomisto’s plea bargain.

The drunken fight was last May. Tuomisto, who lived above the bar, admitted that he punched 32-year-old Adam Baker. Baker fell to the concrete, hit his head and went into a coma. He died seven months later.

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.

The judge also ordered Tuomisto to pay up to $20,000 in restitution.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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