ST. PAUL, Minn. - A 16-year-old boy will stand trial as an adult in connection with a savage gang beating that nearly killed a man on St. Paul's east side.
Cindarion De'Angelo Buter was certified in Ramsey County court Tuesday. He stands charged with first degree assault, aggravated robbery, and two counts of crime for the benefit of a gang in the attack and beating of 26-year-old Ray Widstrand.
Police say Widstrand was walking home from work on August 4 when he was surrounded and attacked by dozens of alleged gang members at the corner of Payne and Minnehaha Avenues. Widstrand was left with severe brain injuries; Doctors were initially unsure if he would live.
Witnesses to the beating say the attack on Widstrand was unprovoked, that he was targeted for no reason. They told officers that the ones doing the beating were members of the East Side Boyz or Ham Crazy street gangs.
One witness identified Butler as the person who was stomping on Widstrand's head and face. Images from a Metro Transit bus video shot just after the beating show Butler wiping blood off his shoes, and a female sitting nearby talks about him fighting.
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