MINNEAPOLIS - A jury found a 19-year-old burglar guilty of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of a north Minneapolis homeowner.
A judge sentenced Jamil Joshua Eason, 19, on Thursday at the Hennepin County District Court for the November death of 45-year-old Jay Arthur Rosio. Eason must serve 30 years of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.
According to a news release, Eason is a known burglar, with no permanent address, and will be brought back to court to face two additional burglary charges in September.
Authorities say on the evening of Nov. 2, Eason broke into Rosio's house on Humboldt Ave. N. and, at some point, was confronted by Rosio.
During the struggle, Eason beat and strangled Rosio before using a sword to inflict "chop wounds to the head and stab wounds to the body." After stealing a computer and Rosio's cell phone, Eason set fire to the house.
Police were able to track Rosio's phone to the person he sold it to inside a north Minneapolis business and surveillance cameras helped identify Eason. In addition to that evidence, someone who was in jail with Eason testified that Eason admitted to killing Rosio.
Before Eason was sentenced, one of Rosio's cousins read victim impact statements from Rosio's parents and gave one himself.
His mother Tina Rosio wrote that "the violent and senseless murder of our son" had far-reaching implications, including causing their daughter to suffer a nervous breakdown.
"This was a good, decent and honest man," his cousin Steve Allen told the court. "He didn't drink, do drugs or smoke. His co-workers loved him."
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