by Bailey Haack
A northwest Minneapolis man was sentenced to five years in prison for a one-punch assault that ultimately led to the death of a former Afton resident.
Alexander Tuomisto, 24, admitted to punching Adam Baker, 32, in a fight outside a St. MIchael bar last May. According to the Pioneer Press, after Baker was punched, he fell and hit his head on the concrete.
Baker went into a coma, and died seven months later. Tuomisto said in trial Friday, "I am sure he was a wonderful person. I am a good person... I want a second chance. I don't want to go to prison," according to the Star Tribune.
Tuomisto's defense said he was defending himself. His blood alcohol at the hospital after the fight was 0.23, which is almost three times the legal limit to drive, according to the Pioneer Press.
District Judge Kathleen Mottl sentenced Tuomisto to five years in prison, which is the maximum sentence spelled out in the plea agreement. The Star Tribune said he will also have to pay up to $20,000 restitution to Baker's family.