Man sentenced for fatally striking man at Minneapolis bar in 2019

A Golden Valley man was sentenced Monday for fatally striking a man at a Minneapolis bar in 2019.

In September, Erik Kravchuk was convicted of unintentional second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and fifth-degree assault for the death of 42-year-old Aleksandre "Sasha" Sambelashvili.

Monday, he was sentenced to just over eight years (100 months) at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility with credit for 79 days served.

According to a criminal complaint, the incident took place in the early morning of July 28, 2019, inside the Exchange and Alibi Lounge in Minneapolis. Kravchuk suddenly headbutted Sambelashvili, knocking him unconscious. The victim suffered a brain injury and died a month later, on Aug. 23, 2019.

An obituary for Sambelashvili stated that he worked on improving the lives of patients with heart disease in his role at Medtronic where he authored 17 peer-reviewed publications and filed over 25 patents.