- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A St. Paul man has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for fatally shooting his girlfriend in April.

Twenty-two-year-old Dimitri Harrell admitted pressing the barrel of a handgun into the face of 19-year-old Samirria White and pulling the trigger. The shooting happened in front of the couple’s baby daughter.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1OwV4h0 ) reports Harrell blamed the woman for provoking her murder. His attorney argued Harrell should receive a 21-year prison sentence.

But Ramsey County Judge Jeff Bryan sentenced Harrell to 30 ½ years. He will have to serve 20 years before he’s eligible for supervised release.

Bryan said White was not the aggressor. But he turned down the prosecution’s request for the maximum sentence of 40 years, noting that Harrell turned himself in and pleaded guilty.


Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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