Minneapolis man pleads guilty to first-degree manslaughter


A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of another young man, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Jontrel Marquise Bolden, 21, also pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the Oct. 14 shooting death of 19-year-old Elija Larkin outside New Bethel Baptist Church, 1115 30th Ave. N. Bolden will be sentenced on March 28 and is expected to receive 120 months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, about 6:15 p.m., Larkin got off a Metro Transit bus near Emerson and 30th Avenues North. About the same time, Bolden also got off a different bus at the same bus stop. The two saw each other and got into an argument that quickly turned physical. Witnesses and surveillance cameras saw Bolden pull out a gun and fire multiple shots at Larkin, who was unarmed. Larkin made his way to the church and collapsed inside.