Park Rapids man arraigned in weekend death
The weekend death of a Park Rapids man at the hands of another was a tragic accident brought on by alcohol abuse, say the family of the man charged.
"He's a good man when he's not drinking," said a tearful Karen Candelaria, the estranged wife of Luis Candelaria, who was arraigned Tuesday on manslaughter charges in the beating death of Richard Allen Hoskins, 41.
A remorseful Luis Candelaria, clad in orange jail scrubs, politely answered Hubbard County District Court Judge Robert Tiffany's questions about obtaining a public defender.
"They shouldn't have been arguing, especially when they were drinking," Karen Candelaria said.
"He (Luis) just hit him once in the end of the end the nose. They think it drove the nose into his brain."
Karen Candelaria said her estranged husband needs extended treatment. He is not a violent man, she maintained, especially when he's sober. But she acknowledges "there's been a wrong here. Somebody has to pay for it."
Luis Candelaria apologized at his arraignment, over Tiffany's objections not to say anything.
"I felt threatened," he said in court. "Somebody threatened me. I have nothing to hide. I'm very sorry for what happened that night."
The First Degree Manslaughter charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years and/or a $30,000 fine upon conviction.
For more on this story see Saturday's edition of the Park Rapids Enterprise.