Minnesota House Passes ‘Colton’s Law’, Named for Man Who Died in St. Cloud
ST. PAUL - Juvenile offenders sentenced to electronic monitoring would have the devices put on them before leaving lockup, under a measure the Minnesota House passed last night (Tues) as part of a major public safety bill.
Colton's Law is named after Colton Gleason, who died after being randomly attacked in St. Cloud by a 17-year-old who had been released a few days earlier.
Representative Jerry Hertaus from Greenfield asked Colton's parents, John and Julie Gleason, to stand just before the House passed the bill.
Jesse Smithers was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The incident happened back in September of 2012. Gleason was walking in a south St. Cloud alley with two friends when Smithers delivered a single punch that caused Gleason to fall to the ground and hit his head. Gleason later died at St. Cloud Hospital.
This story is courtesy of the Minnesota News Network