Hennepin County Attorney’s Office secures Braveheart guilty plea
Earlier this morning, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office secured a guilty plea from Husayn Braveheart, after his attorneys communicated an offer to resolve the case related to the death of Stephen Markey.
As part of the agreement, Braveheart pled guilty to one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree - Inflicting Great Bodily Harm. To prove a first-degree assault, the state must prove the defendant actually inflicted great bodily harm on the victim. While Braveheart admitted firing a gun at Stephen Markey, another individual pled guilty and admitted firing the shots that killed Mr. Markey.
The agreement calls for a sentence of 54 months in prison. As of December 14, Braveheart has jail credit that satisfies the full sentence. Braveheart has two pending aggravated robbery cases set for hearings on Monday, December 18 and is being held on bail pending resolution of the other cases.
From Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty:
“Our job is a difficult one; it is to hold people accountable, protect public safety, and achieve a fair and just result. We believe that we have reached that balance in this case.
"We know some will agree and others will not. Mr. Braveheart, a juvenile when he committed this terrible crime, has made enormous strides and been responsive to treatment during the past five years of his incarceration.
"That treatment might have prevented this crime in the first place had he received it, and we believe the treatment will prevent a future crime if it continues, which this sentence allows. As always, our heart goes out to the Markey family, who suffered a terrible tragedy.”
The individual who pled guilty to approaching Mr. Markey first and to firing the shot that killed him, previously pled guilty to intentional murder and is currently serving a 261 month prison sentence.