Teen pleads guilty in shooting


Myron Hunter pleaded guilty to shooting a woman sitting in her car, a plea helped a great deal by the fact he was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet that put him at the scene at the time of the shooting, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Hunter, 17, of Minneapolis, was certified as an adult and pleaded guilty Thursday morning to two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. He will be sentenced on Dec. 13 and is expected to receive the mandatory minimum of 36 months on both counts, to run consecutively, for a total prison term of 72 months.

According to the criminal complaint and Hunter’s admissions in court, on April 16, a man and a woman were sitting in a car at 33rd and Penn Avenues North when Hunter ran up to the passenger side window and shouted at the man not to move and not to run. The man saw Hunter had a handgun, so he raised his right arm to protect himself and heard Hunter fire two shots.

The bullets missed the man, but struck the woman driver in the right hand and left forearm. She quickly drove away and later was treated at North Memorial Medical Center, the complaint states.

The woman and another witness thought they recognized the shooter as Hunter. Further investigation by police discovered that he was wearing a Department of Corrections GPS monitoring device, which showed that Hunter was at the exact location at the exact time that the shooting occurred, according to the complaint.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)