The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 29, 2014

Homeowner convicted of 1st-, 2nd-degree murder

LITTLE FALLS (AP) — A Minnesota homeowner who shot and killed two teenagers during a break-in has been convicted of premeditated murder.

Bryon Smith had claimed he was simply defending himself during the break-in at his home in the small city of Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

Smith's attorney said the 65-year-old was fearful after previous burglaries.

But prosecutors argued that Smith waited in his basement and intended to kill the teens. A total of nine shots were fired at 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

Minnesota law allows a person to use deadly force for defense, but that action must be considered reasonable. Jurors found him guilty of both first-degree and second-degree murder charges.

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