Minneapolis man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Brandon Benjamin Broszko, 31, pleaded guilty to killing 24-year-old Givontae Walker. Broszko is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in prison, which is a downward departure from the sentencing guidelines.  

According to the criminal complaint, on July 10, 2015, at approximately 9:32 p.m. police officers responded to a report of a shooting at a store on the 3500 block of Lyndale Avenue N. When they arrived, the officers found Walker, who had been shot.

In court Monday afternoon, Broszko confirmed what officers saw on the surveillance video from the store. Walker was already there when two men were arrived, one of whom was later identified as Broszko. The officers learned that Broszko’s companion at the store had previously robbed the victim. Officers later learned that after seeing Broszko’s companion, the victim called some family members and friends to the store. The store video tape shows Broszko and his companion leaving the store and the victim knocking Broszko’s companion to the ground where he remained.

Broszko is seen walking away down the sidewalk and grabbing an item out of his pants, which causes him to drop a bottle and another item obtained from the store. Broszko is then seen taking a gun from his pants and shooting in the direction of his victim. After that, the video shows him picking up the items he dropped and running away. The victim is also seen running in the opposite direction and collapsing shortly thereafter.

From the in-store video, officers observed Broszko grab a bottle of pop and put it back in the cooler. The item was processed for fingerprints and they matched Broszko’s. A fingerprint was also matched a sandwich recovered at the scene.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 23.

Broszko criminal complaint (PDF)