Teen sentenced to 25 years for killing St. Paul father, hockey coach who interrupted car break-in
October 5, 2023
Hilary Brasel paused as she described how her husband's murder changed everything.
Michael Brasel, 44, was her soul mate, she said in a Ramsey County courtroom packed with family and friends. The two met in a high school pottery class before reconnecting in college. They shared a romance that gifted them two sons and spanned through nearly two decades of marriage.
He was a mentor and youth hockey coach for some. To others, he was a handyman and lifelong friend. But for Hilary, Michael Brasel an anchor and compass whose life could not be put into words before it was cut short on May 6 when he interrupted a pair of car prowlers outside the family's St. Paul home.