Antonio Daniels sentenced to 180 months for Brooklyn Center murder


Antonio Daniels was sentenced to 180 months in prison for second-degree, unintentional murder in a Brooklyn Center shooting, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

A jury found Daniels, 27, of Minneapolis, guilty of both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of 25-year-old Michael McGowan. Daniels’ attorney asked for a 48-month sentence, but the prosecution aggressively sought the maximum sentence under Minnesota Sentencing guidelines of 180 months, to which the judge agreed.

“This is yet another senseless act of gun violence,” said Freeman. “We greatly appreciate the jury’s verdict in this case and are pleased that the judge agreed with our request for the maximum sentence.”

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to the Super 8 Motel at 6445 James Circle N., about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 22, 2013 where McGowan had collapsed in an entryway. He was pronounced dead by medics and the autopsy found he had been shot in the chest.

Witnesses said that the shooting happened in the parking lot at the adjacent Days Inn. Daniels was with a group of men and they got into a fistfight with some other men, including McGowan. Daniels pulled out a gun and shot McGowan. During the trial, Daniels claimed he shot in self-defense, but the jury did not accept that and concluded he committed murder.

Criminal complaint (PDF)