According to Daily News– A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to nearly 28 years in prison for opening fire at a birthday party, wounding three people, because partygoers didn’t sing “Happy Birthday” to his girlfriend, officials said Monday.
Delonte Thomas, 20, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 333 months, or 27 and 1/4 years, in prison for his rampage.
In a bizarre court statement, Thomas called himself a “peacemaker” and claimed he had no recollection of the shooting.
“Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody deserves a second chance. I’m the peacemaker, I’m the one to try my best to make it through a situation. I don’t recall having a gun. I don’t recall shooting (anybody). I just hope to get some type of mercy here.”
The attack came in July 2014 after Thomas brought his girlfriend to a backyard birthday party, according to a criminal complaint. He started a fight with fellow partiers after they sang “Happy Birthday” to the guest of honor — but not to his girlfriend, whose birthday happened to be the same day.
Thomas stormed out of the party, returned 20 minutes later with a semi-automatic handgun and fired at the birthday bash around 1:30 a.m. He singled out a woman who objected to the group singing to his girlfriend, and shot her nine times, the complaint says. The other two victims suffered eight gunshot wounds each. All three underwent surgery and recovered.
Wow! Well it looks like this kid is going to be missing a lot of more birthday songs in the future. Just a wild guess.
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