A Twin Cities man will spend 30 years in prison after admitting to killing his victim with a shotgun during a July 2016 robbery in south Minneapolis.
Mashawn Moore, 19, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of 52-year-old James Salter, but pleaded guilty to second-degree murder late last week.
According to charges, Moore, who has no permanent address, was in a car with two other accomplices, John Davis, 50, and Marshawn Winston, 22, and they were looking to rob a man who had crossed Davis and Winston. When they couldn't find him, they stopped Salter near Lake Street and Fifth Avenue South. The three suspected Salter might be carrying drugs, so they decided to rob him. Davis pulled up next to Salter and Moore jumped out with a shotgun, demanding Salter's belongings. During his guilty plea, Moore admitted that he pointed the shotgun at Salter's chest and after a short time decided to shoot him.
Winston pleaded guilty to being an accomplice and is awaiting sentencing. Davis has a pretrial hearing May 22.