A judge found a man guilty of fatally shooting a man on Christmas Day in Hibbing in 2018. 

Judge Rachel Sullivan on Monday issued an order finding Jerome Dionte Spann, 32, guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree murder and second-degree assault in the death of Jeryel Octavious McBeth, 34, of Hibbing, on Dec. 25, 2018. 

Spann remained at large for a few days before being arrested in St. Paul.

Spann had waived his right to a jury trial.

“The convictions in this matter have been a long time in coming for the family of Jeryel McBeath. We are hopeful this will provide the family some peace as we move forward to sentencing," Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Jessica Fralich said in a statement. 

A sentencing date hasn't been set. Though a first-degree murder conviction does carry a mandatory life sentence, state law says.

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