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St. Paul man who drove into crowd of Uptown protesters pleads guilty to murder, assault

The drunken unlicensed driver admitted to accelerating into the group


October 25, 2022

Hennepin County Jail

Nicholas Kraus

An intoxicated St. Paul man who drove into a crowd of Uptown protesters in June 2021, killing a Minneapolis woman, pleaded guilty Monday to unintentional murder and assault charges just as his case was set to go to trial.

Nicholas Kraus, 36, was charged with intentional second-degree murder in connection with the crash that killed 31-year-old Deona Knajdek and injured three others in a crowd decrying the recent fatal shooting of Winston Boogie Smith Jr. by U.S. marshals.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutor Dan Allard said, the second-degree murder charge was amended to unintentional. Kraus also pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for injuring another protester, but a second assault count for injuring another protester was dropped. He will be sentenced Nov. 23.


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