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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man was sentenced this morning to 17 1/2 years in prison for murdering a man and leaving another man critically wounded.

23-year-old Ty Jhuan Anderson was given the 210-month prison sentence for his conviction on a second-degree intentional murder charge. He was also given concurrent sentences of 134 months and 60 months in prison for his convictions on a first-degree assault charge and for illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Anderson entered guilty pleas to the charges through a plea agreement just before his trial was scheduled to begin in April.

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Anderson was accused of opening fire in the hallway at the Village of Essex Park Apartment Complex on October 30, 2020. 18-year-old Mikayal Gordon a Rochester was fatally wounded by the gunfire and a 20-year-old man suffered critical injuries. The criminal complaint indicated the shooting occurred during a confrontation that was witnessed by a person who identified Anderson as the shooter.

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The court document also indicated Anderson was in a vehicle that was stopped by Rochester police shortly after the shooting was reported. The officer involved in the traffic stop described Anderson as "belligerent and appeared to be intoxicated."

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The evidence against Anderson also included Snapchat videos taken at a party in the apartment complex that showed Anderson drinking heavily and brandishing a pistol that appeared to be identical to a gun that was found outside the apartment building following the deadly shooting.

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Gallery Credit: Photos supplied by Rochester Police Departmentt

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