Guilty verdict for man who fired shot from window to kill man on street

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Brooklyn Park man, who fired a shot from an apartment window at a man he had fought with and who was running away, was convicted of second-degree murder, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Tanya Bransford issued her guilty verdict against Daquan Bradley late Tuesday afternoon, one week after the conclusion of the week-long bench trial. Judge Bransford also found Bradley, 27, guilty of felon in possession of a gun, but acquitted him of the first-degree premeditated murder charge.

Sentencing was set for July 10. Bradley has four criminal history points, which under the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines, makes his recommended sentence more than 31 years in prison. However, prosecutors will argue that he should receive the high end of the recommended sentencing range or 35 years.

“The amount of time that elapsed between when Mr. Bradley ejected Mario McGee from the apartment until he fired the fatal shot, we believe was ample for Mr. Bradley to form the premeditated thought required for a first-degree murder conviction and life in prison,” Freeman said. “Nonetheless, we will argue forcefully that with this crime, combined with his previous crimes, that society is only safe if Mr. Bradley is behind bars for the longest possible time.”

About 8 a.m. on June 30, the 27-year-old McGee of St. Paul, arrived at the South Minneapolis apartment of his former girlfriend. Bradley and another man in the woman’s apartment almost immediately shoved McGee into the hallway and began beating him, according to the criminal complaint. Surveillance video showed his former girlfriend trying to stop the fight and McGee leaving the building out a rear exit.

The woman went back into her apartment and she and Bradley went into the bedroom. Another witness in the apartment heard a gun go off and heard the woman yell “Oh my God, you just shot him.” Other witnesses on the street at 24th Street East and Oakland Avenue South said they saw McGee running from the building and then drop to the ground when the bullet struck him, the complaint states.