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Anna Hurd's boyfriend sentenced as adult
Anthony Mitchell pleads guilty to second-degree intentional murder; gets 22 years
On June 25, Anthony J. Mitchell, 17, of Maplewood was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the stabbing of Anna Hurd, 16, in February.
At a plea hearing May 10, Mitchell waived his right to contest being certified as an adult to stand trial. His prison sentence is part of a plea agreement with the Ramsey County attorney's office.
During the hearing, Mitchell told Judge Gail Chang Bohr that he and Hurd were walking near Hillside Park in Maplewood Feb. 23 when they had an argument about whether or not he would be joining Hurd when she returned to Texas to live with her mother the next day.
Hurd had been living with her father in North St. Paul and had attended North High School, where she began dating Mitchell.
The disagreement reportedly became physical when Hurd told Mitchell to "get out of her face" and pushed him. A knife, which friends had seen Mitchell handling earlier that evening, fell out of his pocket and the two struggled to grab it.
Mitchell got a hold of the knife, which he used to stab Hurd four times before she was able to run away into the snow-covered park. He reportedly stabbed her once more after that. The medical examiner reported Hurd had been stabbed in the back. The blade reached her heart, and she bled to death.
Teens who knew the couple described Mitchell, a senior at North High School, as "clingy" and "controlling" in the relationship.
In one instance, they said, Mitchell had become so angry with Hurd during a recent argument that he hurt one of her kittens.
Mitchell: different stories
Hurd and Mitchell had reportedly left his home in Maplewood around 1:30 a.m. to go for a walk. Mitchell returned home without Hurd, telling his mother she had gone to a friend's house. He then went upstairs to the bathroom.
Around 4 a.m., he told his mother he was going out to look for Hurd because he had not heard from her for some time. He later returned "hysterical" and with blood on his hands, he said, after he had attempted to perform CPR.
Allegedly, he did not return to the bathroom at this time.
Mitchell's mother called 911 around 4:30 a.m. to report that her son had found his girlfriend beaten and not breathing in the park, which is located southeast of the intersection of McKnight Road and Holloway Avenue.
Mitchell led officers to her body, about 15 feet off of the trail in a wooded area. The criminal complaint notes that "It was only with the directions provided by (Mitchell) that the officers were able to locate" her.
Investigators later found traces of Hurd's blood in the bathroom on the vanity cabinet and towels.
Investigators also cited Mitchell's initial account of being completely alone in the park when he found Hurd's body, contrasting it with what they said he later claimed; that he saw a man bending over some of her possessions that had been scattered nearby.
Police arrested Mitchell March 1 on separate counts of second-degree homicide; one with intent but not premeditation and one without intent but commission during a felony.
Johanna Holub can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-748-7814.