Minneapolis man who settled fistfight with deadly gunfire sentenced to prison term

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A 34-year-old man who fatally shot another man during a fistfight last summer in north Minneapolis has been sentenced to serve 16 years in prison.

Jamar Mullins, 34, of Minneapolis, was sentenced Monday in Hennepin County District Court in connection with the Aug. 9 slaying of Lonzo Washington, 28.

Mullins pleaded guilty on May 2 to second-degree murder and had a weapons possession count dismissed. With credit for time in jail since his arrest, Mullins will serve about 10¼ years in prison and the balance on supervised release.

At the time of the shooting, Mullins had been on parole on a 2014 assault conviction for stabbing another man in the hall of a St. Paul apartment building, court records show.

Washington was sitting with two men on the front steps of an apartment building in the 1000 block of Morgan Avenue N. shortly after 8 p.m. when Mullins walked up and exchanged words with him. The two traded blows before Mullins pulled out a gun and shot Washington once.

Mullins was arrested early the following morning at his girlfriend’s house.One witness told investigators that the two men had a heated phone conversation earlier in the day in which Mullins accused Washington of disrespecting him […]

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