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MN man sentenced to 25 years for murdering woman at bus stop

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A 50-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for fatally shooting a woman who was waiting at a bus stop last October.

Gerald Cepeda pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentional second-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Jessica St. Marie, of Wadena, a news release says.

Cepeda admitted to approaching St. Marie as she was standing near the bus shelter at the corner of Lake Street East and Park Avenue South in Minneapolis, and shooting her twice, saying in court: "I did not know her name at the time, but I did approach her."

He told the judge he apologized to the city, the court, his family and St. Marie's family "for what transpired that day."

According to the criminal complaint filed against him, Cepeda had gone into a convenience store near the bus shelter on Oct. 13, 2015, and argued with a woman inside. Then he approached St. Marie, said something to her that sparked an argument, before he walked the few blocks to his home.

He returned to the bus stop about 15 minutes later, pulled out a gun and shot her twice, the release notes.

St. Marie's death came during streak of violence in the Twin Cities that saw five people killed and prompted community meetings and increased enforcement.

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