Teen sentenced to 25 years for killing St. Paul father, hockey coach who interrupted car break-in


October 5, 2023

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune file

Hilary Brasel lighted children's candles during a May vigil for her husband, Michael Brasel, at Langford Park in St. Paul, Minn. Michael was shot and killed while attempting to stop a car burglary on May 6.

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.



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