MANKATO – A murder trial in Mankato left no doubt that Levi Minissale did it. Even his lawyers admitted it.
But they claimed that Minissale’s service in the Marines and the “kill” mentality that he had learned pushed a man struggling with hallucinations to stab his onetime girlfriend to death and attempt to murder her husband.
Friday night, a Mankato jury agreed, finding Minissale not guilty by reason of insanity after about eight hours of deliberation.
The jury already had found Minissale, 26, of Minneapolis, guilty of killing Yesenia Gonzalez and attempting to murder her husband, Gallo Ruiz, in 2013. But he was committed to a state hospital instead of prison.
The jury’s decision came after it heard evidence of a multiyear slide into mental illness for Minissale, who was described as a substandard Marine who began hearing angels talking to him while he was still in boot camp.
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