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Continued: Facing down fear left by slaying of good Samaritan in north Minneapolis

With $2 million bail set in the slaying, Parker went to court Thursday in an entirely different case: shooting at a Metro Transit bus in 2011. Hennepin County District Judge Fred Karasov sentenced Parker to 33 months in prison, with 340 days credit for jail time served.

The murder charge triggered several probation violations and stayed sentences on previous cases.

Parker had been in downtown Minneapolis at 3 a.m. on July 9, 2001, when he tripped a man whose cellphone had just been stolen, punching him in the face and busting bones near his eyes.

Parker then boarded a Metro Transit bus without paying. When the driver confronted him, Parker socked him, breaking the driver’s eyeglasses, then got off and shot the bus. Parker was convicted in 2012 and served part of his sentence.

After the murder charge, the judge ordered him to serve the rest of the earlier sentence. • 612-673-7750 • 612-673-4465


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  • Resident Dorian Beal, left, talked with Smith.

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