DeAndre Neal-Hill, 22, had fired at two men in April in St. Paul. Another man is still awaiting trial in the incident.
DeAndre Neal-Hill, who is described in court documents as a leader of the violent Selby Side gang in St. Paul, was sentenced Friday in Ramsey County District Court to nearly 14 years in prison for exchanging gunfire with rival gang members in St. Paul's North End.
Neal-Hill, 22, of Minneapolis, was convicted by a jury in August of drive-by discharge of a firearm, two counts of second-degree assault and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person. A charge of premeditated first-degree attempted murder was dropped after one of the intended victims refused to testify at Neal-Hill's trial.
According to testimony and court documents, the shooting happened April 5 near Jackson Street and Wheelock Parkway. Earlier that day, Neal-Hill had called DeShaun A. Baker, saying that he was going to shoot him and that Baker would be another "unsolved homicide."
The criminal complaint said that Baker and another person were driving on Larpenteur Avenue toward Jackson Street when they saw a man identified as Lavelle E. Anderson firing shots at them. In another car, they saw Neal-Hill and another man, who also fired at them.
Anderson, 23, is awaiting trial for his role in the shooting. The other man was not charged in the incident.
District Judge Michael Fetsch sentenced Neal-Hill to five years for possession of a firearm by an ineligible person and 7¾ years for the drive-by shooting. He will serve those sentences concurrently.
After that Neal-Hill must serve three years for the first count of second-degree assault and then three years for the second count.
Neal-Hill must serve two-thirds of the sentences in prison and one-third on supervised release.
At another hearing Friday morning, Fetsch sentenced Norris Yang, 21, of Brooklyn Center, to three years and three months for stabbing three rival gang members during the Hmong Sports Festival in St. Paul in July.
According to the charges, police responded to a report of an aggravated assault at the festival the afternoon of July 5 and found an Asian Blood gang member who had stab wounds to the right side of his body and his neck. A second person associated with the Blood Brother gang then approached officers, saying that he, too, had been stabbed by the same assailant. A third victim, a self-described Asian Blood member, said that he had been jumped from behind and stabbed as well.
Yang, an alleged member of the Purple Brother street gang, pleaded guilty in August to one count of second-degree assault. Another count of first-degree assault was dismissed.