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8 years in prison for man charged with shooting at National Guard on Minneapolis street

He was accused of firing multiple shots at soldiers patrolling Minneapolis.
Andrew Thomas.

Andrew Thomas.

The man accused of shooting at National Guard soldiers who'd been stationed on a Minneapolis street has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to three of the seven counts filed against him.

Andrew Thomas, 28, was accused of shooting at the two National Guard soldiers near Penn Avenue North and West Broadway Avenue on April 18, 2021. The soldiers were on patrol as part of Operation Safety Net, the joint law enforcement effort launched for Derek Chauvin's murder trial.

Charges against Thomas say he fired "multiple" shots at two Minneapolis squad cars and three National Guard vehicles early that morning, then sped off. Two soldiers were injured by shattering glass, including to the eye and face, the complaint said.

Thomas, on July 26, agreed to plead guilty to three felony counts, according to court records: Second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm despite a previous conviction and drive-by shooting.

The remaining charges against him were dismissed. 

Two of the counts were ordered to be served consecutively, meaning Thomas will serve 96 months, a spokesperson for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said.

Thomas, in connection with the same incident, was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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