Grant sentenced to 78 months for I-94 drive-by


Donquarious Grant was sentenced to six and one-half years in prison for his involvement in two shooting incidents, including a drive-by on Interstate 94, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.


Grant, 25, of Brooklyn Park, pleaded guilty last week to felon in possession of a gun from a Dec. 6 shooting incident in downtown Minneapolis, for which he received 60 months, and to one count of drive-by shooting from the March shooting on the interstate, for which he received 78 months. The sentences are concurrent. Grant said nothing at the sentencing, which lasted less than 15 minutes. He has been prohibited from possessing a firearm since he was adjudicated delinquent for a simple robbery in April 2009.


According to the criminal complaints, at 2:53 a.m. on Dec. 6, downtown police officers heard approximately 30 shots at Third Street and Second Avenue North and when they arrived found a man on the ground, suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. His two friends pointed to a maroon Dodge Neon and told the officers to get them. The car turned right onto Second Avenue and the police caught up to it in seconds. Grant jumped out of the passenger seat and tried to run, but the officers caught and arrested him.


The officers noticed he was wearing an empty holster and searched the area around the car, discovering a .40-caliber Glock near the rear passenger tire. The DNA testing indicated a highly probability that Grant had held the gun, the complaint states. However, that testing and other evidence did not come back until after Grant committed the drive-by shooting on March 12.


In that case, a car with four people inside were driving westbound on Interstate 94 about 5 p.m. when Grant drove along the right side of their car, rolled down his window and fired numerous times at the car. The drive, though shot in the hand, was able to exit onto Broadway Avenue North, where police found them, according to the complaint. The driver and two passengers were taken to the hospital for bullet wounds.


Both of Grant’s cases were gang-related.


Criminal Complaint Possession (PDF)


Criminal Complaint Drive-by (PDF)