On Tuesday, Malcolm Maghundi Jackson was sentenced to 306 months in prison. The teenager was convicted in connection with the June 19 shooting of Trequan Sykes, in Hennepin County Court, Minneapolis. Jackson entered a plea for second-degree intentional murder on June 25.
In court, Jackson shared that he had been on his way home from school when the shooting took place. In an effort to avoid conflict with a group of people he knew, Jackson took a different route home. One of the people he was avoiding was the late Sykes’ brother but even while trying to avoid them, he ran into Sykes in an alley.
Jackson shared that him and Sykes exchanged words and then he shot Sykes. Sykes died from the gun shots, which were both on his back.
Until that incident, Jackson had not ever been convicted of any crimes. His sentence of over 25 years is the recommended sentence when defendant has never committed a crime, but it is also the maximum sentence.
Because Jackson has been in prison for 54 days, his sentence will be shortened by 54 days.
The judge also ordered restitution for the family of the victim.
Jackson, who is only 16, was tried as an adult for the June 1 shooting. Sykes was found wounded in the alley where the confrontation and shooting took place. He later passed away at Hennepin County Medical Center. .