A 38-year-old woman who ran down a man outside a bar in south Minneapolis last summer was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Angela Jackson, of Minneapolis, appeared in Hennepin County District Court. She had pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to attempted first-degree murder.

According to the charges, Tarrince Winbush, 39, of Brooklyn Center, was at the Bulldog bar and restaurant on Lyndale Avenue S. on Aug. 15 with two friends. Jackson later joined the group, bringing along two friends.

A dispute broke out about the bill and the group was told to leave the pub, the charges say. Jackson got behind the wheel of her car and tried to hit one of the men, but instead hit a parked car. She then drove around the block and hit Winbush, who was walking with one of the other men.

In her guilty plea, Jackson said she was angry with the man Winbush was walking with because he had hit her twice in the bar, which surveillance video confirmed. She said she drove directly at the man, intending to “take him out,” but hit Winbush instead.

Winbush remains in a coma with a serious brain injury.

Judge Tamara Garcia sentenced Jackson on the upper end of state sentencing guidelines after listening to a victim’s impact statement from the mother of the victim’s 3-year-old son and a brief statement by Jackson’s father.

Jackson told Garcia that Winbush “was never my enemy,” and repeated several times Friday that she was sorry.

 

Parker Lemke is a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune.