Man guilty of shooting at house, striking 5-year-old girl

The 27-year-old was found guilty on all three counts.
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A man has been found guilty of a shooting that left a 5-year-old girl wounded inside her Minneapolis home.

Marquell Johnson, 27, was found guilty of three counts over an incident in which he fired several shots at a house in Minneapolis on Aug. 12.

Seven bullet holes pierced the duplex, one of them hitting a 5-year-old girl called Jayda in the foot as she slept.

Martha Timberlake, the girl's mother, told police she was leaving for work when a man she recognized as someone who visited the upstairs unit of her duplex was driving along 4th Street North in a black sedan just before 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 12.

Surveillance footage then showed a sedan stop on 4th Street, and 77 seconds later it was seen driving "quickly in an alley behind the duplex."

In that 77 second period, Johnson is believed to have got out of the sedan, walked 10 feet, fired 7 shots at the house, and then drove away.

Timberlake had made it two blocks, where she was filling her car with gas, when she got a phone call telling her that her daughter had been shut.

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She accompanied police and her daughter in the ambulance to the hospital, and as she went through social media, found a picture of Johnson, telling police he was the one in the black sedan.

Johnson didn't testify during the trial, but a videotaped interview with police was played before the court, with Judge Kerry Meyer saying he was "not credible in any of his statements."

"He changed his story about nearly every topic of discussion during the lengthy interview," said Meyer, who reviewed evidence in the case, which didn't have a jury, and made a ruling on Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors will seek a sentence of 13 years when Johnson is sentenced on Jan. 7.

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