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Minnesota Officer's Killer Convicted, to Get Life

February 03, 2015  | 

Brian Fitch Sr. will spend the rest of his life in prison after a Stearns County jury convicted him of the murder of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick, reports the Pioneer Press.

The verdict was reached around 9:20 p.m. Monday following nine hours of deliberation. The jury also convicted Fitch of the attempted murder of three other officers and a bevy of lesser charges.

After hearing the verdict, Fitch unleashed a profanity-laden tirade at Dakota County District Court Judge Mary J. Theisen, accusing her of bias throughout the trial. At one point, he trailed off in the middle of sentence and muttered "oh my God."

The judge, unfazed, ordered him taken from the courtroom.

He'll be sentenced Wednesday in Dakota County; the first-degree murder conviction means life with no possibility of parole.

Patrick's friends and family, packed into the courtroom, broke into tears and applause after Fitch was taken away.


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Comments (2)

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kevCopAz @ 2/3/2015 6:00 PM

I just hope that a liberal state like Minnesota will actually keep this offender inside prison for his natural life and never release him. The killing of a LEO, who represents ALL of us, deserves a death penalty as he would have received in Arizona.

Sgt.D @ 2/3/2015 7:16 PM

RIP, Officer Patrick. By your final actions, even to the end you followed through helping your LEO family find then convict this POS and protect the community from his ilk..I pray your immediate family will find some closure in all this.

As well. kudos to the DA team for their part in rendering justice while bolstering our Thin Blue Line.


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