MILACA, Minn. - A Twin Cities man has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for killing a man with a punch to the head.
In November, a jury found David Michael Stay guilty of first-degree manslaughter and fifth-degree assault in the single-punch death of David Taute of Prior Lake. The incident happened outside a Mille Lacs resort on fishing opener in 2016.
The jury acquitted Stay of first-degree assault.
Prosecutors say in May of 2016, Stay punched Taute at Hunters Point Resort around 1 a.m. for no apparent reason. Deputies were dispatched to the resort and upon arrival found Taute being loaded inside an ambulance.
Several heavily intoxicated men said that Taute had been punched by Stay and knocked out. The victim was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center but never regained consciousness.
Stay has a lengthy criminal record with arrests for assault, disorderly conduct, public brawling and multiple DWIs. Minnesota sentencing guidelines call for up to 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine, or both for a conviction of first degree manslaughter.