Tristan Keys allegedly killed man with single punch outside Minneapolis gas station

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Keys's mugshot from a previous arrest.
Tristan Keys, 21, faces a first-degree manslaughter charge after allegedly killing 53-year-old Lamar Wilson with a single punch on April 29.

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The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Stop N Shop near West 31st Street and 1st Avenue South in south Minneapolis. According to authorities, when Wilson and Keys met there, Keys accused Wilson of being a snitch. He ending up punching Wilson a single time in the head.

Wilson fell "like a rag doll," witnesses told police. He was pronounced brain dead the next day. It's unclear whether Wilson died from the punch itself or if injuries sustained when he crashed to the ground contributed as well.

Keys's $2 million bail is unusually high, but the complaint points out that witnesses who talked to authorities "fear for their safety" if Keys is released.

According to the Star Tribune, Keys's criminal history includes convictions for theft, burglary, and disorderly conduct. If convicted of the manslaughter charge, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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17 comments
oachiamartin
oachiamartin

Thats my uncle lamar wilson he was never a snitch he just wanted to say some dumb shit he killed a great man but karma is a bitch and how I see it the justice system is fucked up 15 years really that aint shit yall lletting these criminals go free and all some bullshit George Zimmerman walked free now this lil nappy headed bitch ass nigga gets 15 years the fuck

info3592
info3592

Hmmm,  I thought we learned during the Zimmerman trial that "unarmed" people can't hurt you... Weird.

Brie MacDougall
Brie MacDougall

I knew a guy who died after being punched once. It happened last summer in Stillwater. Don't punch people.

Jamie Schumacher
Jamie Schumacher

Why is he making Zoolander face? Nobody's supposed to be even talking about Magnum right now!

Lisa Uhlig-Lulu
Lisa Uhlig-Lulu

pretty sure that's the guy that mugged me at knife point, 2 years ago in broad daylight on 31st and lyndale.

Ben Driver
Ben Driver

Reasons never to assault anyone.

lage
lage

think you mean 31st st and lst ave. 35th is a super america.

info3592
info3592

@Lisa Uhlig-Lulu Lucky he didn't punch you.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Brad Conley Exactly.  The gas station in question is at 1st Ave. S. and 31st. St. E.

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