Forty year sentence in Minneapolis home murder

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Devon Parker was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for killing a man who was trying to help him.

A jury convicted Parker of killing Thomas Sonnenberg in his home at 3739 Aldrich Ave. N. The jury also found an aggravating circumstance of committing the crime in the victim’s home. That allowed the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office to ask for a longer sentence than the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines ordinarily would recommend.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Daniel Mabley agreed and handed down the maximum sentence allowed under state law to the 22-year-old Parker.

“For his role in this heinous crime, he deserves every second in prison that he received,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

Before the sentencing, three emotional victim impact statements were read by a daughter of Sonnenberg and by two county attorney staff on behalf of other family members.

Just before noon on Jan. 31, 2014, the 69-year-old Sonnenberg called Minneapolis police and said he had let Parker in his home because Parker told him people were chasing him with a baseball bat. Before police arrived, Parker took a handgun from Sonnenberg and fatally shot him.