In early January, this blog wrote about a criminal complaint against Patrick Timberlake, age 16, which revealed incredible details in the North Minneapolis gang war. Timberlake is now 17 (happy birthday, Patrick Timberlake!) and for a birthday present will be getting a getting a prison sentence. So will Anthony Jenkins, age 20.
Timberlake's sentence will be something between 96 and 114 months. The sentence for Jenkins is already known; 84 months.
The Hennepin County Prosecutor released a statement today. I'm not sure if other media have published it, yet, but here it is word-for-word including (conveniently) the suggested headline...
Two men plead guilty to separate shootings in Minneapolis, Richfield
A 17-year-old pleaded guilty to drive-by shootings in Minneapolis and a man pleaded guilty to shooting another man at a Richfield gas station in two unrelated gun cases, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.
Patrick Carl Timberlake, 17, of Minneapolis pleaded guilty to two counts of drive-by shooting from last year. He is looking at between 96 to 114 months in adult prison when he is sentenced April 29. The shootings were part of the gang violence in North Minneapolis.
Anthony Jenkins, 20, of Bloomington pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and Tuesday was sentenced to 84 months in prison for shooting a man in the head, abdomen and left shoulder at the SuperAmerica at 7720 Nicollet Ave. S. on January 3. The two men had argued outside the gas station when Jenkins suddenly pulled out a handgun and fired, according to the criminal complaint. The man survived.
According to the criminal complaint against Timberlake, Minneapolis police handled a series of shooting cases on March 5, 2012. First a woman walked into the Fourth Precinct Station and said she was at 21st Ave. N. and Lyndale Avenue when a black Crown Victoria made a U-turn. She jumped in her car and drove away, but saw someone shooting from the passenger side of the Crown Victoria and a bullet struck her foot.
Later, the black Crown Victoria pulled in behind and then alongside a car with a driver and two passengers. As they were driving on West Broadway near Penn Avenue North, a number of shots came from the Crown Victoria and one of them lodged in the driver's neck. (JNS blog says: Check out the criminal complaint. Doctors decided to LEAVE THE BULLET IN THE GUY'S NECK)
Then police spoke to a woman and two men who said they were in their Chevy Suburban near Dupont and 25th Avenues North when the black Crown Victoria drove by and the gunman hung out the passenger side window and fired three shots into the driver's side door of the Suburban. No one was injured according to the criminal complaint.
Police eventually found the black Crown Victoria and determined it was owned by Dexter Lee, who lived at 2954 Dupont Avenue North. Juwan "Skitz" Osbourne was murdered near there in 2011 and Lee, Timberlake, and other Osbourne friends blamed rival gang members and formed the Skitz squad to retaliate, according to the complaint. The night of shooting appeared to be part of that retaliation, according to the complaint, though some of the victims appear to be unrelated to the feud.
Timberlake pleaded guilty to the incidents in which the woman was shot in the foot and the driver was shot in the neck. Lee also has been charged and is awaiting trial.
(End of press release)
The address of 2954 Dupont Ave. N. is, according to online city property records, a rental property owned by Delora A. Freeman of 1595 Christie Pl, St. Paul, Minnesota. She obtained the property from Hennepin County. The county hoped this property sale would promote the development and preservation of quality housing, click here for document. (How's that working out for us?) The property is now listed as "license in review" but notations like that tend to last a long time and only rarely produce any meaningful action.
At the time of the property sale, Freeman's address was listed as 2815 Irving Ave. N.
That's now listed as a vacant building.