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Winona man convicted of murder for firing gun into crowd

February 14, 2018

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Winona man of murder after he fired a gun into a crowd of people outside a local bar in 2016.

The Winona Daily News reports 51-year-old Ricky Waiters was convicted late Tuesday night of several counts, including first-degree murder, in the death of 53-year-old Robert Johnson, also of Winona.

Another man suffered serious injuries.

Police and witnesses said Waiters pulled up outside the bar and fired a handgun several times at a half-dozen people gathered outside. Prosecutors said he acted after someone in the group told him not to park near the building.

His attorney said Waiters acted in self-defense when people rushed his vehicle.

Waiters’ sentencing is scheduled April 5.


Information from: Winona Daily News, http://www.winonadailynews.com

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