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Man gets 60 years for killings of man and baby in Minneapolis

Seven-month-old Jayden Redden died from gunshot wounds in the October 2016 shooting.
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A man who at the age of just 17 opened fire on a vehicle, killing another man and a 7-month-old baby, has received two life sentences.

Jquan McInnis, now 20, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the fatal shooting in Minneapolis on Oct. 9, 2016.

He fired six shots in to a car, killing 20-year-old Gustav Christianson II and seven-month-old Jayden Redden.

Redden's father was also in the vehicle, and ran with his son towards a hospital before paramedics found him. The baby tragically died from his injuries.

In sentencing McInnis on Thursday afternoon, Hennepin County District Court Judge Jeannice Reding described his actions as "brazen and heartless."

McInnis had believed Christianson, and when he saw him in a car parked near 26th Street East and 11th Avenue South, he told a friend to park a block away, ran through several yards to get to the car, and fired several times.

He killed Christianson, and as he was leaving, he fired one more shot through the car's back window, killing Redden who was sat in his car seat.

McInnis will have the possibility of parole after 30 years following his conviction on two first-degree murder charges. He will not be fully released however until he's at least 78.

As he committed the crime while a juvenile, he avoided being sentenced to life without parole as he would have been as an adult.

A hearing in November discussed whether McInnis should receive a full life sentence, but learned that he had likely been exposed to drugs and alcohol in the womb.

It also heard that he had been removed from his mother's care as an infant and placed with his grandmother and her husband, but while he was there suffered "chronic maltreatment."

He ended up spending a lot of his time on the street, hanging out with older gang members. Judge Reding said that she decided against sentencing him to life in prison without parole because the experts who examined him believed he is capable of being rehabilitated in prison.

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