Levi Minissale was in open relationship with ex-girlfriend he allegedly murdered, sister says

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Levi's sister says he served in an artillery unit in Afghanistan.
Last Thursday in Mankato, Minneapolis resident Levi Minissale allegedly stabbed 20-year-old Yesenia Gonzalez to death and left her husband injured. After he was arrested, Minissale told police Gonzalez got what she deserved "in a way."

THE BACKSTORY: Levi Minissale of Mpls allegedly murdered his ex-girlfriend, said she deserved it

In an interview with Fox 9, Minissale's sister, Tanya Minissale, tried to shed some light on what may have motivated her brother to do such a heinous thing.

Tanya said Levi was a Marine who just got out of the military last year. During a stint in Afghanistan, Levi "got shot at a lot," Tanya said.

"He did almost die. He told me he saw somebody die in his platoon," she told Fox, suggesting that his experiences in the military may have contributed to what happened last week.

Tanya also identified Levi's complicated relationship with Gonzalez and her husband as a factor.

Gonzalez "lived with her husband in Mankato, but the relationship was described as open and Levi and Yesenia apparently got close," the Fox report says. "Tanya believes there were issues of love and commitment that her brother struggled to grasp, perhaps impacted by his experiences at war."

On Twitter, Tanya has expressed hope that Levi's status as an Afghanistan combat veteran won't be ignored as his second-degree murder and attempted murder case plays out in the courts. -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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BigHerbDickerson
BigHerbDickerson

I am one year angrier.  Fuck you Rupar for not following the story through to show who Yesenia was.

LogicalSpock
LogicalSpock

ITS COOL HE CAN KILL WHOEVER HE WANTS, HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR US, SO NOW LETS GIVE OUR LIVES FOR HIM.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I knew a guy who was murdered when one of these "open relationships" suddenly became not-so-open.  I hear from some people that they work just great, but I can't see it.  They seem to work great...until they don't.  And while I'm willing to cut the guy's sister some slack for supporting her brother, I think she needs to educate herself on the purpose of Marine training, and indeed on the purpose of the Marines in general.  As for the rest of us, we have sent an awful lot of our fellow citizens into war over the past decade or so.  They're coming home, and some of them are not ever going to be OK.  I wish we would think about this more seriously before we send them off in the first place.

Erica
Erica

Hey Tanya! Your brother may have served in the Marines but his actions shows that he IS a cold-blooded killer. Wake up and get a clue. Stop making excuses for him.

Bec Salmonson
Bec Salmonson

Are you kidding me. There are thousands of other military that come back home and don't kill people. DO NOT use that accuse to explain what he did. He is a murderer and deserves to be charges to the fullest.

Mare Anderson
Mare Anderson

Actually he is a cold blooded killer and serving in the Marines is where he adapted that mentality. But controlling it is his responsibility or so our lovely nation says. War kills, and kills and kills...

BigHD
BigHD

@swmnguy the sister is a very slanted source.  don't take much of what she says as anything but a guilty conscience looking to blame someone else.  Rupar is a prick for posting this. 

laxx1559
laxx1559

@Bec Salmonson Which is more reason why these things happen.  If a large quantity of people are in a war zone, a percentage will end up with mental health issues

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