Adam Sterling convicted, sentenced to life for murder of Leo Kohorst

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Adam Sterling, the 24-year old man on trial for the murder of October 2010 murder of his landlord, Leo Kohorst, was convicted by a Hennpin County jury this morning of first- and second-degree murder. A couple hours later, the jury came back with a life sentence for the murder.

Sterling was found guilty for the brutal attack on Kohorst, his 22-year-old landlord, in which investigators determined Kohorst had been struck at least 22 times by a blunt instrument.

The fatal assault was the fallout of an ongoing dispute between Kohorst and Sterling, which stemmed in part from arguments over Sterling's repeated breaking of Kohorst's rules, including smoking in the house. Before he was murdered, Kohorst had threatened to evict Sterling, according to the complaint from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

The case garnered a bit of sensational coverage at its infancy, especially when it was revealed that Sterling sometimes dressed in drag.

As an example, in the Star Tribune's initial news story posted to its website, the headline read, "Murder charge: Mpls. man hit 22 times in head; cross-dressing suspect's clothes missing."

Among the key pieces of evidence which originally linked Sterling to Kohorst's murder were the specks of blood found on the high heeled shoes Sterling had worn earlier that day.

According to the complaint, the injuries to Kohorst's head were so extensive, investigators initially thought he had been "caused by a shotgun blast."

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Sad this happened.
Sad this happened.

Adam had a history of severe mental illness (as did his father, who was shot and killed by police in CA). I feel empathy for all of the victims here. It doesn't feel right how this ended up but I think it is how the system works. A young man dead, 2 families in severe pain, and another ill person locked up long after proper treatment may have avoided the situation entirely.

Was Justice Really Served?
Was Justice Really Served?

I have known Leo for many years and was a dear friend. I have a hard time believing justice was served when the alleged killer was a mentally Ill human being. What good is that going to do for society? 

They are probably going to be raped, humiliated and tortured in jail as they are non-gender conforming. 

It was sad that Leo was murdered, we lost one life why lose another? Let's rehabilitate this person. Its the right thing to do. 

Blah
Blah

Perhaps he/she can share a cell with CeCe McDonald.  Hubba Hubba!

Malikee4332
Malikee4332

You have got to be kidding me. Lets rehabilitate him!?! He should fry. He did ahorrible thing to what seemed to be agood kid for no reason. Justice was not servered for the poor kid who lost his life for nothing. Why should he get a second chance at life? Your friend didn't get one.

NiceLife
NiceLife

I'm sorry that you find this a funny subject. Leo was murdered by some cross dresser that didn't want to pay his rent , and you think it is funny. Some sick life you are living. I hope you rot in hell. 

David
David

I think it unfortunate that "cross dressing" was ever mentioned. Adam took Leo's life - it was horrible. It had nothing to do with the clothes he wore. The comment about rotting in hell is extreme.

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