A person convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend whereas her kids had been current of their St. Paul residence has been sentenced to 18 years in jail.
Shakee Shabazz Miller-Brantley, 31, was sentenced Friday for killing 27-year-old Jessica Williams in her Frogtown residence on July 19, 2019. He was given credit score for 3 1/2 years already served in custody.
Williams was a daughter, sister, good friend and mom of three, Ramsey County Assistant District Lawyer Sabrina Yates mentioned earlier than Decide Elena Ostby handed down the sentence.
“He was the sunshine for many individuals he met,” Yates mentioned.
Yates famous that two of Williams’ kids had been residence on the time of the homicide, and mentioned her demise has “affected extra folks than may be named or identified at the moment.”
Miller-Brantley, of St. Paul, was discovered incompetent to face trial attributable to psychological sickness in October 2019, and civilly dedicated as mentally ailing and harmful that very same month. He was dominated competent to face trial in February 2020.
Earlier than a jury trial in November, Miller-Brantley notified the courtroom that she meant to claim self-defense and psychological sickness as defenses.
A bifurcated trial was agreed to, and Miller-Brantley’s self-defense declare went earlier than Ostby on stipulated information and proof. Ostby discovered him responsible of second-degree homicide, topic to a jury deciding within the second section whether or not he isn’t responsible by purpose of psychological sickness or cognitive impairment. Jurors discovered him responsible on November 18.
The sufferer broke up with him
Police went to Williams’ residence within the 500 block of Charles Avenue after she failed to choose up certainly one of her kids from daycare. She was discovered immobile on the backside of the basement stairs.
Miller-Brantley later admitted to taking pictures in a hallway whereas the 2 had been arguing within the residence, in keeping with courtroom paperwork. He then carried her physique upstairs and lined her face in order that neither he – nor two of her kids who had been residence on the time – would see.
Williams had been “operating his mouth” that day and “kicked him out” for no purpose, Miller-Brantley informed police. He then wished a gun again that she mentioned she had given him earlier and threatened to name the police or kill him if he did not give it again, she informed the officer.
Williams was holding a backpack on the time and Miller-Brantley was involved it contained one other gun, he mentioned, so he pulled out a .22-caliber handgun and fired 5 – 6 occasions, in keeping with the costs. He did not have a gun.
He mentioned he cried afterward as a result of he felt dangerous about what he did, in keeping with the costs.
Williams’ sister informed police that Miller-Brantley was offended along with her sister for breaking apart with him on the time of the taking pictures.
The Ramsey County health worker’s workplace decided she died of blood loss from 5 to 6 gunshot wounds to the scalp, neck and higher extremities.
He shot first
Miller-Brantley was additionally charged within the Could 2019 demise of 28-year-old Lawrence Dean Hart Jr. in south Minneapolis.
Video surveillance reveals Miller-Brantley shoot Hart twice, together with as soon as within the head, in keeping with the felony grievance. Investigators say ballistics exams present Miller-Brantley used the identical .22-caliber handgun in each killings.
This case is pending in Hennepin County District Courtroom.