The second gunman responsible for the murder of 5-year-old Nizzel George pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder on Tuesday.
Julian Anderson, 16, was sentenced to 28 years in prison, Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman said as family of the slain boy filled the courtroom.
Anderson's counterpart, 17-year-old Stephon Shannon pleaded guilty in February to one count of second-degree intentional murder. He was also sentenced to 28 years.
George was sleeping on his grandmother's couch near in a North Minneapolis home on June 26 when Shannon and Anderson stood outside and fired at least 10 shots into the house, striking George the back.
Prosecutors suspect the shooting to be an act of gang retaliation. Anderson did not admit to being part of a gang, but Shannon did when he pleaded guilty. Anderson only said he accompanied Shannon, who held a grudge against gang members believed to be inside the house.