Hopkins man sentenced to life for murdering teen walking through Minneapolis park

18-year-old George Pineda was killed last June.
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Webber Park Minneapolis

A Hopkins man will spend the next 30 years in prison for the murder of a teenager who was walking through a Minneapolis park.

Chance Adams, 27, will be sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 30 years on June 13, after being found guilty of 1st degree murder and four other charges, including 2nd degree murder and aggravated robbery.

He was found guilty of killing 18-year-old George Pineda, who was walking through Webber Park in North Minneapolis in the early hours of June 17 with a friend.

Adams approached the men with a gun, ordering them to lie on the ground before robbing them.

But while Pineda was on the ground, Adams shot him twice in the back, killing him.

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Adams was arrested a few blocks away, after a local resident called police to say someone had tried to break into their home.

"We appreciate the work of the jury in reaching this guilty verdict,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in a news release.

"There was absolutely no reason for Mr. Pineda to be killed and his friend to be terrorized as Mr. Adams was committing his robbery. He will be 57 years old before he can ask to get out. He deserves that time and may well serve more."

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