MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) A 30-year-old man in the Golden Valley has been found guilty of killing prominent Medtronic scientist Aleksandre Sambelashvili by attacking him at a private gathering in 2019.
According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Erik Kravchuk was found guilty on Thursday of all charges against him: second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and fifth-degree assault.
On July 28, 2019, Kravchuck beat the victim with his forearm inside a downtown Minneapolis bar. Sambelashvili fell to the ground and died a month later due to brain damage. He was a father of two living in Minnetonka.
Using video surveillance and credit card transaction history, officers found and arrested Kravchuk, according to the complaint.
“The cheeky, violent and ultimately lethal act committed by Mr. Kravchuk resulted in the death of an innocent man,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement. ‘The jury found the accused guilty in all circumstances and he will be convicted accordingly. The time he gets in jail does not bring back the victim’s life and certainly does not make the loss his family and friends suffer disappear either. My thoughts go to them during this time. ”
Kravchuck’s sentencing is set for Dec. 6. He can face up to 15 years in prison.
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