A 21-year-old Chicago man who took part in a murder conspiracy was sentenced this week to 40 years in prison for fatally shooting a man on a Minneapolis street last March.
David Johnson, who pleaded guilty on Jan. 26 to second-degree murder, was one of three people indicted in the death of Anthony Fairbanks. The 23-year-old was shot in the head and found dead in a snowbank along the 2700 block of Longfellow Avenue S.
In November, Maureen Ndidiamaka Onyelobi was convicted by a jury of aiding and abetting first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Maurice Wilson is in federal custody on drug charges and no date has been set for his murder trial.
Fairbanks and Wilson were indicted in a federal drug case. In monitored phone calls from jail, Wilson told Onyelobi, his girlfriend, that he was worried about a man who might want to talk to police and said the man needed to be “taken care of.”
According to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Johnson admitted that he shot Fairbanks after Onyelobi lured him to south Minneapolis. She also provided the gun and returned it to a storage locker after the shooting, Freeman said.
Mary Lynn Smith