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Nicolae Miu found guilty of 6 charges in Apple River stabbing trial

Nicolae Miu knew the deadly risk of using knife, jury finds
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HUDSON, Wis. — Jurors have found Nicolae Miu guilty of multiple criminal charges, including homicide, in the 2022 Apple River stabbings in Wisconsin.

The jury found Miu guilty of one count of first-degree reckless homicide, four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of battery. The verdict was read in court on Thursday.

Miu was originally charged with intentional crimes, but was convicted on lesser, but still serious, reckless charges. Miu's defense attorney Aaron Nelson said Miu faces "substantial, life-changing penalties."

Nicolae Miu makes his way out of the courtroom after the guilty verdict at the St. Croix County District Court in Hudson, Wis., on Thursday, April 11, 2024. Elizabeth Flores

"We felt like we had a good case, we felt like we had a good defense," Nelson said. "But in many ways self-defense is a community standard and it's very dependent on which 12 people within the community that you ask."

Prosecutor Karl Anderson said although Miu was convicted of downgraded charges, the jury still did its duty.

"They couldn't agree on intentional, they agreed unanimously that it was reckless, that he showed utter disregard for human life," Anderson said.

Donny Hernandez — father of 17-year-old Isaac Schuman, who died in the attack — spoke to the press following the verdict.

"It's been 21 months we've been waiting for justice for Isaac Michael Schuman, and we got it today," Hernandez said.

The trial lasted eight days, with more than three dozen witnesses taking the stand. The jury began deliberations after closing arguments Wednesday and reached a verdict Thursday morning.

Miu, 54, stabbed five people on the river on July 30, 2022, killing Schuman and injuring four others. The victims ranged in age from 17 to 24 and were from Wisconsin and Minnesota.  

During the trial, the prosecution sought to prove Miu was the aggressor, while Miu's attorneys argued he acted in self-defense.

Jurors heard testimony from Schuman's mother, other stabbing victims, witnesses, law enforcement and Miu himself. They saw cellphone video of the confrontation, body camera footage of the law enforcement response and a recording of Miu's initial interview with authorities.

Miu's sentencing date has not been scheduled. Anderson said Miu could face up to 97 years in prison.

This is a developing story. Stay with for more.

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