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Man gets 60 years for 2016 double-murder in Minneapolis

January 3, 2020 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 20-year-old man who killed a man and an infant in Minneapolis in 2016 has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Jquan McInnis, who was 17 at the time of the homicides, was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and received his sentence Thursday. He was charged as an adult.

KARE-TV reported that Hennepin County District Court Judge Jeannice Reding called McInnis’ actions “brazen and heartless.”

Prosecutors said McInnis killed Gustav Christianson II and 7-month Jayden Redden because he believed Christianson had stolen from him. On the day of the shootings, prosecutors said McInnis had a gun when he passed a parked car and saw Christianson inside. McInnis walked up to the car and fired five times, killing Christianson, according to prosecutors. Before leaving, prosecutors said McInnis fired one more shot through the car’s back window, striking the baby in his car seat.

The baby’s father was also in the car, but was unharmed. He drove his son to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. McInnis later told police he didn’t know there was a baby in the car.

McInnis was sentenced to 30 years for each first-degree murder charge. The sentences must be served consecutively before he is eligible for parole.