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Gunman earns 30-year sentence for his role in robbing, killing St. Paul man walking home from work

The 21-year-old gunman who along with two others robbed and killed a St. Paul man in an alley as he walked home from work nearly two years ago was sentenced to a 30-year prison sentence Monday.

Judge Nicole Starr sentenced Arteze Owen Kinerd to 363 months at the St. Cloud correctional facility for fatally shooting 22-year-old Alex Becker. That sentence includes 518 days of credit for time Kinerd served in custody, and he could spend the last third of the sentence on supervised release.

Kinerd pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February. He also entered a guilty plea to kidnapping for a separate incident that happened weeks before Becker's death. Although Becker's mother Tara hopes to encourage people with her late son's kindness, she said Monday's sentencing was hard to process.


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