Duluth man sentenced to 32 years for St. Cloud professor’s murder

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 10:25 AM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) - A Duluth man will spend 32 years in prison for a St. Cloud professor’s murder.

Jason Beckman, 45, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder on October 1.

Jason Beckman
Jason Beckman(CBS 3)

Several other charges were dismissed.

The shooting happened in St. Cloud in June 2021.

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Beckman told authorities he had been using drugs for days leading up to the incident.

He stole a car and thought he saw a man point a gun at him in a grocery store parking lot.

Beckman crashed that car in a yard and shot the professor, Edward Anthony Ward, 68, when he came to the front door.

According to court documents, Ward was shot multiple times.

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