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Plea deal calls for 2-year sentence for defendant who beat man to death in Fridley

A plea agreement calls for a 44-year-old man to receive a two-year sentence for beating another man to death at a woman's home in Fridley.

Brandon P. Watson, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty Friday in Anoka County District Court to third-degree assault in connection with the death on Jan. 30, 2022, of Joseph D. Skogen, 45, of Coon Rapids.

With credit for time in jail after his arrest, Watson is expected to serve the first 11 ⅓ months in prison and the balance on supervised release. Sentencing before Judge Dyanna Street is scheduled for April 4.


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