51-Month Sentence for Deadly Punch Outside Mille Lacs Resort

Ellen Galles, KSTP-TV
Created: February 06, 2018 10:31 AM

A Twin Cities-area man was sentenced Monday to 51 months in prison for throwing the fatal punch that killed David Taute in May of 2016 outside a Mille Lacs resort.

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David Stay of Brooklyn Park listened without expression as more than a dozen victims made impact statements in a Mille Lacs County courtroom.

Cathie Kranz was engaged to Taute. She cried as she told the court she was supposed to be planning her wedding instead of Taute's funeral.

"He was my soulmate," she said. "He is now that empty chair next to me everywhere I go."

Stay was convicted of first-degree manslaughter after fatally punching Taute at bar-close. At the end of the hearing Monday, he apologized to Taute's family and friends, as well as to his own.

"I feel so bad he is not with us," Stay said. "I would let him pummel me for 20 minutes if it meant he could still be here."

Stay's four year-plus sentence is less than the state's recommended guideline. The judge says she departed from the recommended sentencing guidelines because video evidence showed that Stay was provoked the night he punched Taute.

Stay's attorney says he is till considering appealing the decision.


Ellen Galles, KSTP-TV

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