Minneapolis man pleads guilty to murdering neighbor


A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty in the shooting death of his neighbor, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Edward Frank Holzinger, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree intentional murder in the killing of Bruce Wayne Brown, 47.

According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched to a home in Northeast Minneapolis at 8:40 p.m. on August 9 and found Brown lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood. Brown’s niece was kneeling at his side and trying to stop the bleeding from her uncle’s chest.  

When police asked who was responsible for the shooting, a witness on the scene pointed to Holzinger who was standing on the steps in front of his house. He immediately put his hands in the air and was placed under arrest. Brown’s niece told police when questioned that Holzinger and Brown were in a dispute over a broken lawn mower.  
In court, Holzinger admitted he had been drinking that day and confirmed that he had come out of his house with a 9mm hand gun and shot Brown twice in the chest because he was angry.

Holzinger will be sentenced on February 7 and is expected to be receive 261 months in prison.