A Rosemount man was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday for fatally shooting a man outside a Burnsville bar last year, and was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole, WCCO reports.
Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, 32, was found guilty in the death of 23-year-old Palagor (Paul) Jobi of Savage in September 2013. Chavez-Nelson was accused of shooting Jobi multiple times during an early-morning fight in the parking lot of Nina’s Grill.
After a week-long trial in Dakota County District Court, the jury deliberated for about two hours before delivering the guilty verdict, according to the Star Tribune. Nelson showed no emotion and declined to speak before he was sentenced.
“We are pleased to have brought Shavelle Chavez-Nelson to justice for this senseless and violent crime that took the life of Palagor Jobi. Our deep sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Palagor Jobi for their great loss,” said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, according to WCCO.
Nelson and 24-year-old Ashley Conrade are also charged with first-degree murder in the death of Anarae Schunk (in photo at left), a 20-year old student at the University of Minnesota, who was killed shortly after the shooting at Nina's.
Schunk was with Nelson and Conrade at the bar when Chavez-Nelson killed Jobi, according to police. After the shooting, the three went to Conrade’s town home in Rosemount, where authorities say the two suspects stabbed Schunk 22 times with a kitchen knife.
Her unclothed body was dumped by the side of a rural road in Rice County in an attempt to cover up the crime. She was not found until eight days after her death.
Nelson and Conrade are scheduled to go to trial in the spring for Schunk's death.
Schunk’s family has said they would be open to a plea bargain for Nelson if he received a life term in the Jobi case, according to the Star Tribune.