MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A woman from Twin Cities was convicted on Thursday of murdering her boyfriend, whom she repeatedly shot in 2020 after he allegedly hit her in a fight.
After four hours of deliberation, a jury sentenced Stephanie Clark, 31, of intentional second degree murder, the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office said.
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According to a criminal complaint, Clark shot her boyfriend, who relatives identified as Don Juan, on March 5, 2020, in their Maple Grove apartment. Investigators believe the shooting happened in front of Clark’s 5-year-old son. A half-eaten sandwich on a children’s plate was found on the kitchen table when first responders arrived at the scene.
In an interview with police, Clark told investigators that she shot her boyfriend after they got into a fight and he hit her in the stomach and back. Investigators noted that there were bruises on his body in these areas.
After the fight, Clark fired a double-barreled revolver at her boyfriend, she told investigators. Clark followed him up the stairs and, when he turned to face him, shot him in the chest.
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She continued to fire until there were no more bullets in the gun, after which she took another handgun and shot him in the head back. She told the police that she wanted him to “stop talking”.
Clark was arrested after going to a neighbor’s apartment with her son. According to the complaint, she knocked on the door, and when the neighbor opened it, she said, “He’s dead.
A sentencing date has been set for Nov. 18, and prosecutors are seeking a 30-year sentence, which is the upper limit of the Minnesota sentencing guidelines.
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