Last defendant pleads guilty in St. Paul beating that permanently injured victim


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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The last of five people charged in a brutal attack that nearly killed a St. Paul man in 2013 has pleaded guilty in the assault.

Seventeen-year-old Charles Redding testified Tuesday he punched Ray Widstrand in the face for "no reason" after Widstrand had stopped to help a girl involved in a melee near his home. Widstrand was 26 at the time, was knocked unconscious and attacked by several others who kicked him and stomped on him. He suffered permanent brain damage.

Redding pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting first-degree assault in Ramsey County District Court. The Star Tribune ( ) says three other counts were dismissed.

As for the others charged, one teen was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison, another was acquitted, a juvenile pleaded guilty and one case was dismissed.

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