Moore pleads guilty to shotgun murder, to get 30 years


Mashawn Moore pleaded guilty to gunning down a man last summer and is expected to receive 30 years in prison when he is sentenced May 15, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Moore, 19, with no permanent address, was indicted for first-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday afternoon. Even though he is undergoing a pre-sentence investigation, the negotiated plea is for him to receive 367 months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, around 4:30 a.m. July 7, Moore was in a car driven by John Davis. Also in the car was Marshawn Winston and they were looking to rob a man who had crossed Davis and Winston. When they couldn’t find him, they spotted 52-year-old James Salter near Lake Street and Fifth Avenue South.

The three men suspected Salter might be carrying narcotics, so they decided to rob him. Davis pulled the car up next to Salter and Moore jumped out of the car with a shotgun. During his guilty plea, Moore admitted that he pointed the shotgun at Salter’s chest and after a short time decided to shoot him.

Winston pleaded guilty to being an accomplice and is awaiting sentencing. Davis has a pretrial hearing May 22.