Khayree Copeland Sentenced in Minneapolis Shooting

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Khayree Jabar Copeland pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and was sentenced to 146 months in prison for shooting a man, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday. 

Copeland, 22, of Minneapolis, was sentenced Monday. He has multiple prior felony convictions for possessing firearms. 
                    
“Unfortunately this is another example of senseless violence surrounding illegal drug deals,” said Freeman. “Mr. Copeland has a long criminal history for being such a young man. We hope that 146 months in jail will slow down his acts of violence in the future.” 

According to the criminal complaint, Copeland was selling marijuana to the victim on November 21, 2014, when a disagreement occurred. Copeland pulled out a semi-automatic pistol, robbed and shot the victim.  They struggled and Copeland shot the victim several more times. The victim ran to a nearby residence, seeking assistance, and Copeland fled the area on foot.

Criminal complaint (PDF)