Man gets life for killing UMD student, the son of St. Paul PD sergeant

It's the second life sentence handed down for the February 2017 murder.
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The third man involved in the February 2017 killing of a University of Minnesota-Duluth student will serve life in prison after he was sentenced on Monday.

Deandre Davenport, 23, will not be eligible for parole for 30 years after he was convicted last month on two counts of first-degree murder and one of intentional second-degree murder.

He was one of three men who burst into the residence of William Grahek, 22, in East Hillside, Duluth and shot him dead on Valentine's Day 2017, during an attempt to steal a safe containing drugs and cash.

Authorities believe that Davenport was the man who pulled the trigger.

The two others involved, Noah King, 20, and Noah Baker, 21, received a life sentence and a 30-year prison sentence, respectively, at previous hearings.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, District Judge Mark Munger said the chain of events that ended with Grahek's death started with the 22-year-old UMD student choosing to sell controlled substances.

It was the first of two tragedies to befall the Grahek family, with William Grahek the son of St. Paul Police Department Sergeant Jon Grahek, who died last January from cancer at the age of 53.

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Grahek's mother, Heidi, told a previous court hearing that 20 minutes before he was shot, her son called his father to tell him he'd been accepted into full-time military service.

In a statement on Monday, the St. Louis County Attorney's Office extended its sympathy to the Grahek family, who it says have "endured two years of hearings, court appearances, and the most recent trial in pursuit of justice for William."

"They have been through so much, and somehow have been a source of strength and courage for us," the statement said.

Along with the three convicted of Grahek's murder, Davenport's girlfriend, 24-year-old Tara Baker, was given six years of supervised probation last May after pleading guilty to aiding an offender after the fact.

One final defendant, Xavier Haywood, 28, will stand trial in March having allegedly planned the home invasion before hiding the killers at a hotel in Superior.

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