Murder charges: Richfield man, 21, shot bully 9 times - KMSP-TV

Murder charges: Richfield man, 21, shot bully 9 times

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Murder charges were filed Tuesday against a 21-year-old Richfield, Minn., man who is accused of gunning down the man his brother described as a "bully" to homicide detectives.

Police were called to a home near the intersection of East 69th Street and 16th Avenue South  after a 911 caller reported someone had been shot at about 4:40 p.m. Upon arrival, officers saw two men through the front window, one of whom was on the phone.

Officers say 21-year-old Jonathan Tadeo Bello-Sanchez was the first out of the home and he was immediately placed under arrest. He was followed by his brother, Fred, who was also arrested.

In total, police took five people into custody for questioning in the shooting and later released three. Days later, Jonathan Bello-Sanchez is the only one who was charged in the slaying. He faces one count of second-degree murder, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment if convicted.

Charging documents accuse Bello-Sanchez of shooting 20-year-old Fernando Leon-Celis nine times. His brother, Fred, said Celis "bullied Jon all the time."

Celis was known to police, and officers found him deceased inside the kitchen of the home. Police did try to administer CPR, but they could not revive Celis.

In an interview with police, Fred Bello-Sanchez said he arrived home from work on Saturday when he saw Celis walk into the house. When he tried to go inside as well, however, the front door was locked and he soon heard sounds of a scuffle and gunshots. Charging documents say Jonathan Bello-Sanchez then came to the door and told his brother, "Don't come in. You don't want to see this. Call the police."

Fred Bello-Sanches did go inside and found the victim lying on the floor and said he appeared to be breathing. He then called 911 and followed instructions from dispatch to put the gun in a case until officers arrived.

Officers recovered a .22-caliber pistol inside a case by the front door of the home. When it was processed by the crime lab, the magazine was still in the firing position and a round that had not yet been cycled into the chamber was inside. Police say blood found on the barrel and slide were consistent with pistol-whipping.

In a post-Miranda interview, Jonathan Bello-Sanchez told officers he let Celis inside and told him he "did not owe him anything" before Celis punched him in the face. The two then men then got into a fist fight.

Jonathan Bello-Sanchez told police Celis tried to grab his gun from his front right pocket during the brawl, describing the attempt as "digging." At that point, Jonathan Bello-Sanchez said he took out the gun himself, racked around, removed the safety and shot a round into a bag in the garage. He then admitted shooting at Celis multiple times.

The medical examiner determined Celis had been pistol-whipped repeatedly in the face, in addition to being shot nine times. Officers didn't notice any injuries to Bello-Sanchez.


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