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40-year term for drug dealer who murdered would-be buyer in Brooklyn Center

May 9, 2018

A 40-year term, the maximum allowed by law, is the punishment for a 27-year-old Minneapolis man who shot and killed a Mounds View man seeking to buy drugs.

The sentencing Tuesday of Lannon Burdunice in Hennepin County District Court ends his second prosecution for killing Joshua B. Hoffman, 31, on July 19, 2016.

Last fall, jurors deadlocked and a mistrial was declared, prompting a retrial this year that saw the jury taking less than three hours to find Burdunice guilty of second-degree murder, while acquitting him of first-degree murder.

With time in jail since his arrest, Burdunice will serve roughly the first 25andfrac12; years of his sentence in prison and the balance on supervised release.

Hofmanns mother, Juanita, said during sentencing that when Lannon made a conscious decision to pull out a gun and shoot and kill my son, he killed a part of all of us that day as well.

The charges stemmed from the night when the victim and his girlfriend drove to 66th and Camden avenues N. in Brooklyn Center to buy marijuana from Burdunice. Hofmanns friend testified that Hofmann got into an argument with Burdunice over the price of the marijuana. Burdunice, standing outside the car, shot Hofmann twice.

Burdunices criminal history in Minnesota includes convictions for second-degree assault, violating a no-contact order and terroristic threats.

According to the criminal complaint, officers responding to a call about shots being fired came up to a car and saw Hofmann behind the wheel, already dead. Two $20 bills were at his feet.

Hofmanns girlfriend Kaitlyn Schroeder said she and Hofmann had arranged to buy marijuana from Burdunice. Instead, Burdunice attempted to rob Hofmann of $40. She directed police to a townhouse where Burdunice was arrested.

In a statement read on her behalf in court, Schroeder said, Lannon, not only did you take away my first love, youve taken away my safety and sense of security. Because of you, I live in a world that I believe is out to harm me.

Paul Walsh 612-673-4482