Jury finds man guilty in shooting of two men

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Hennepin County District Court jury found Antonio Jenkins Sr. guilty of attempted second-degree murder and assault in the second degree in a shooting last March, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Antonio Frasion Jenkins, Sr., 44, was found guilty Tuesday afternoon of one count attempted second-degree murder and one count of assault in the second degree for shooting a man. Jenkins was also found guilty of one count of assault in the second degree for shooting a second man. In addition, Jenkins was found guilty of one count of being prohibited from possessing a gun.

According to the criminal complaint, on March 19, 2016, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Minneapolis police responded to numerous 911 calls regarding a shooting in the area of Lake Street and Bloomington Ave. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a man, victim one, lying in the street. Blood was coming from his mouth and it was determined that he had been shot in the neck. Another man, victim two, had been shot at least two times in his arms. Both men were taken to the hospital and victim one needed surgery.

The complaint states that both victims were acquaintances. They were sitting inside a parked car. Victim one was beginning to get out of the car when the defendant, who was later identified as Jenkins, approached. Jenkins goes by the street name “TONE” and is a known member of the Bogus Boys criminal gang. Jenkins said to victim one “What’s up?” Then Jenkins pointed a gun at the man and fired, striking him in the face. Victim one fell back into the passenger seat of the car. Jenkins continued to fire multiple shots, hitting both victims.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is seeking an upward departure in this case. Jenkins agreed that Hennepin Court District Judge Jeannice Reding can determine whether there are aggravating circumstances that would allow her to give Jenkins a sentence higher than the guidelines ordinarily would allow.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 31 and Jenkins could receive up to 37 years in prison.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)