Brooklyn Center man pleads guilty to murder; expected to get 25 years

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Brooklyn Center man pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting murder just as his trial was to begin, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Jamal Kareem Newell, 35, was facing a trial for first-degree murder when he pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the shooting death of 32-year-old Michael Damien Wayne Polk of Eagan.  Newell is expected to receive 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 11.

According to the criminal complaint, Polk and another man walked out of a store at 35th and Penn Avenues north at about 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 2016 and got into their car. Seconds later, a gold Monte Carlo with a black hood drove up and five gunshots were fired into the car. One of the bullets hit Polk in the head and he died two days later in the hospital. The other man was shot in the back.

During his guilty plea, Newell acknowledged he was in the car from which the gun was fired, although he did not admit to shooting the gun.