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Man convicted of killing woman gets life without parole

February 26, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the drive-by shooting death of a grandmother struck by bullets intended for a gang member.

Twenty-one-year-old Joshua Ezeka was convicted last month of premeditated first-degree murder and four other charges in the May 2016 death of 58-year-old Birdell Beeks, who was running errands with her 16-year-old granddaughter in north Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune reports that two of Beeks’ daughters testified at Monday’s sentencing hearing. Sa’Lesha Beeks said she would “love nothing more” than to see Ezeka die so his family can see their pain.

Investigators say Ezeka was told a rival gang member was nearby and Ezeka started shooting toward that gang member’s car. Some bullets struck the rival gang member’s car and others struck Beeks’ car.

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

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