Skip to main content

Teen sentenced to 10 years in party bus slaying of aspiring rapper

Billy Ray Robles was caught in the crossfire as a fight erupted in March 2018.

A teenager has been sentenced to serve 128 months in prison in connection with the shooting outside a party bus in Inver Grove Heights that left a young rapper dead.

Trashaun Morris, who was 17 at the time but is now 18 and was tried as an adult, pleaded guilty to the 2nd-degree murder without intent of Billy Ray Robles, 19, in March 2018.

The shooting followed a dispute between rival gangs on the party bus, which dropped the groups off outside AMC Showplace movie theater in IGH.

What followed was an altercation that erupted in gunfire, with Robles, an aspiring rapper whose family says was not a gang member, was fatally struck as he tried to break up the fight.

Morris, of St. Paul, is one of four teenagers involved in the incident that have been imprisoned as a result, with two 16 year olds from St. Paul sentenced to 60 months and 48 months respectively after pleading guilty to 1st-degree riot.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

And 18-year-old Taishawn Smith, of Crystal, was sentenced to 13 months last September for 2nd-degree riot.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said: We are pleased to have brought those responsible for the senseless death of Billy Ray Robles to justice," before expressing his sympathy for Robles' family.

Robles' mother told BMTN last year that her son was a "friend to everyone."

"Billy fit in with everyone, he had his rapper friends, sports friends, technology friends, church friends, work friends, friends in gangs, rich friends, poor friends, successful friends, and lost friends. He didn't judge anyone," she said.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.


Teenager charged with murder of rapper in party bus shooting

Billy Ray Robles was shot in the chest during the Inver Grove Heights altercation.

Victim of party bus shooting was a St. Paul rapper

Police are still trying to identify a suspect.

Boy, 16, arrested over fatal party bus shooting

Aspiring rapper Billy Ray Robles died in the shooting.

2 teenage boys charged over party bus killing

They have been charged with riot and assault.

Marcus Rashon Johnson

Charges: Teens laid trap before robbing, fatally shooting St. Paul man

The boys, aged 16 and 17, have been charged with murder.

Darren McWright Osborne - Dunn County WI - crop

Father of man accused in quadruple slaying now charged

The victims were found dead in an SUV that had been abandoned in a Wisconsin cornfield.

Teens charged in slaying of 5-year-old boy

A 17-year-old and a 15-year-old have been charged with murder in last week's shooting that claimed the life of Nizzel George in north Minneapolis. According to a criminal complaint, the 17-year-old told a witness that he fired at the house where the young boy was sleeping last Tuesday.