A Minneapolis man was sentenced Thursday to more than 50 years in prison for killing one woman and wounding another last summer.
Marco Anthony Gresham, 25, was sentenced to 367 months in prison for killing 24-year-old Francesca Desandre and sentenced to 240 months for the attempted first-degree murder of another woman identified only as V.G. Hennepin County Judge Kathryn Quaintance ordered the sentences be served consecutively.
Showing no remorse during his sentencing, Gresham said he didn't shoot the women and said he would be back before the judge after his successful appeal.
But the judge was unmoved, according to the Hennepin County attorney's office. "This was gratuitous gun violence" and it occurred in a residential neighborhood with no mitigating factors, the judge told Gresham.
According to the criminal complaint and trial testimony:
After partying on July 5, 2014, Gresham confronted V.G. about her knowledge of his alleged involvement in a St. Paul homicide earlier in the year. When she denied it, Gresham pointed a gun at her, pulled her close and fired one shot into her abdomen. Desandre ran but Gresham fatally shot her.
"Mr. Gresham is a danger to society and will be an old man when he is released," said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Gresham's brother, Ryan Pettis, was indicted on a charge of aiding and abetting in the shooting. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 14.
Mary Lynn Smith