MINNEAPOLIS — A Hennepin County judge has found a man guilty of shooting at a duplex and wounding a sleeping 5-year-old girl back in August.
Judge Kerry Meyer heard testimony and reviewed evidence in the shooting, which happened Aug. 12 in north Minneapolis. She found 27-year-old Marquell Johnson guilty of drive-by shooting, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and second-degree assault.
Johnson will be sentenced Jan. 7. Prosecutors will seek a sentence of 13 years in prison.
According to testimony in the case, Martha Timberlake was leaving for work when a black sedan passed her. She said she recognized the driver as someone who visited the people living in the upstairs unit of her duplex. Two blocks away, Timberlake was putting gas in her car when she got a phone call saying her 5-year-old daughter had been shot.
Timberlake later found a photo of Johnson on social media and told investigators she believed he was the one in the black sedan.
According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, surveillance video shows the black sedan stop a few doors down from the duplex, then 10 seconds later continue north on Fourth Street. A minute and 17 seconds later, a black sedan is seen driving quickly in the alley behind the duplex.
Prosecutors believe Johnson fired seven shots into the duplex. Timberlake's daughter was shot in the foot while sleeping in her bed.
The judge called Johnson's video testimony "not credible."