Before receiving a 31-year sentence, a Minneapolis man convicted in the fatal shooting of a teenager last summer in north Minneapolis admitted in court that what he did was not right.
Andre Owens, 21, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, was sentenced Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court in connection with the killing of 16-year-old Quayshun Felton on July 19 near N. Colfax and 30th avenues.
With credit for time in jail since his arrest, Owens will serve nearly 20½ years in prison and the balance on supervised release.
Police found video footage from a dash camera in a car parked down the street that showed the shooting and helped investigators identify two suspects on bicycles as the shooters. Felton was killed by a gunshot to the head.
“I don’t think what I’ve done is OK,” Owens said at his sentencing. “I take full responsibility for my actions.”
The 23-year-old co-defendant, Shannon Blackman, of Minneapolis, is scheduled to make his next court appearance March 30. He is charged with second-degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm.
One witness told police that Owens reached into his fanny pack before the shots were fired.
Charges against both defendants did not indicate a motive for the killing. Lisa Clemons of the group A Mother’s Love said soon after the shooting that family members told her that there were threats against Felton and that they had been trying to keep him safe by keeping him inside.