A 16-year-old boy was killed in April when a companion sprayed gunfire during a confrontation in the parking lot of Central Park in Brooklyn Park. Sentencing in the case is set for Nov. 19.

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Man pleads guilty to Brooklyn Park shooting

  • October 11, 2012 - 8:28 PM

A 19-year-old man is expected to be sent to prison for 21 years after pleading guilty Thursday to accidentally shooting and killing a friend during a fight in a Brooklyn Park parking lot.

Deshawn Deaondre Roberts admitted that he opened fire in the parking lot of Central Park on April 24 and hit his friend, 16-year-old Terrence Creamer, in the head. Creamer died five days later.

Prosecutors said they are seeking the severe sentence because the shooting endangered others in the park.

"When a young man wildly fires more than a half-dozen shots and leaves one person dead, we push for long prison terms," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.

According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched to the park around 8:30 p.m. and found Creamer bleeding and unconscious.

Witnesses said that a group of people had been at the park for a barbecue. There had been a disagreement that caused some people to meet in the parking lot where Roberts was apparently going to fight another man. During the confrontation, Roberts took out a gun and started shooting.

Roberts told authorities that he shot his gun, a 9-millimeter, about six or seven times at people in the parking lot, but that he didn't intend to hit Creamer.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 19.


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