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Ex-Marine who killed Shakopee man in his home acquitted due to mental illness

Brady Zipoy has been acquitted of second-degree murder.
Brady Daniel Zipoy

A former Marine from Minneapolis accused of breaking into a Shakopee home and fatally shooting a 65-year-old man last June has been found not guilty by reason of mental illness. 

Brady Daniel Zipoy was acquitted of second-degree murder on Wednesday in Scott County District Court in the death of Timothy Guion, with Judge Paula Vraa citing psychological examinations that stated Zipoy had post-traumatic stress disorder from his time as a marine and anxiety and loss of sleep from the civil unrest after George Floyd's death in her ruling to civilly commit him for an undecided amount of time.

Zipoy had pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness earlier this month and waived his right to a trial by jury. 

Vraa, based on two psychiatric evaluations, ruled Zipoy "did know the nature of his act" when he shot Guion multiple times in the head and shoulder at his home on Paha Circle in Shakopee but he "was laboring under such a defect of reason ... that he did not understand that his act was wrong." Because of this, Vraa says Zipoy is found not guilty by reason of mental illness. 

Bring Me The News has reached out to Scott County Attorney Ron Hocevar for comment. He told the Star Tribune the ruling is "a tough pill to swallow when you have somebody who murdered another individual in cold blood. There is no criminal punishment, but he will receive mental health care."

He also told the paper Zipoy's attorney presented "a valid mental illness defense. We do find it sincere."

Zipoy will be held at the Scott County Jail "pending transfer to a facility operated by the Commissioner of Human Services," as required by law, the ruling says. 

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