Minnesota Supreme Court Roundup

11 Jan

The Court issued only one opinion today. In  State v. Ferguson, a drive-by-shooting case in which the defendant shot six times at a home where there were eight people, the Court ruled:

 For purposes of the rule that a defendant may not be sentenced for more than one crime for each victim, an offense for a single count of drive-by shooting at an occupied building does not constitute an offense for each building occupant.

but also that

The district court did not err when it sentenced respondent on the drive-by shooting at an occupied building conviction and eight second-degree assault convictions because a single sentence for drive-by shooting at an occupied building is not commensurate with respondent’s culpability for using a dangerous weapon to intentionally cause eight persons to fear immediate bodily harm.

 

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