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Man found guilty of manslaughter, assault in death of Forada firefighter

Jacob Larson Photo: Douglas County Jail
Jacob Larson

Updated: January 17, 2020 09:11 PM

A man charged with manslaughter and assault following the death of a Forada firefighter in 2018 has been found guilty.

Jacob Elmo Larson, 34, of Kensington, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree manslaughter and two counts of fifth-degree assault in an incident outside the Muddy Foot Bar on May 5, 2018, that killed 46-year-old Steven William Hlinsky.

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A jury this week found Larson guilty on both counts of manslaughter and both counts of assault, but not guilty of murder. Larson had pleaded not guilty to all counts.

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According to surveillance video reviewed by authorities, Hlinsky was seen escorting a man outside the bar via the main door just before the alleged assault May 5. As the door opened, the man was reportedly seen putting Hlinsky into a headlock while another man allegedly grabbed his arm. The video then showed drivers of a truck and another vehicle quickly leave the scene.

Larson's sentencing is set for May 5.

The other man charged in the incident, Troy Traut, pleaded guilty in June. His sentencing is set for the same day as Larson's.

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