17-year sentence in fatal bar assault

Published 9:28 am Friday, August 19, 2016

ST. PAUL — A St. Paul man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for a fatal attack at a Maplewood bar.

Eduardo Figueroa was celebrating his 40th birthday at Freddy’s Tiki Hut in November 2014 when he helped the owner remove some disruptive patrons, including Brandon Smith.

Court documents say Figueroa was knocked to the floor and repeatedly kicked by Smith and another man and died of heart failure caused by the assault.

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The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/2blzbCL ) says the 25-year-old Smith earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder without intent in Ramsey County District Court.

Prosecutors say Smith never expressed any remorse for the attack or sympathy for those affected by Figueroa’s death.