AG Ellison declines to take over Hennepin murder case after victim's family objects to plea deal

Ellison's office previously intervened in a similar case.


September 26, 2023

Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune

Jerry Markey spoke Monday against the plea deal offering probation. His son was fatally shot in Minneapolis in 2019.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is declining to intervene in a murder case after the victim's family asked him and Gov. Tim Walz to remove the case from Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty following a proposed plea deal that would keep one of the defendants out of prison.

The family of Stephen Markey says Moriarty is wrong to offer Husayn Braveheart less than a year in the workhouse and probation for the deadly 2019 carjacking of Markey in Minneapolis. Braveheart was 15 at the time. The other defendant, Jered Ohsman, was 17 and is serving 22 years in prison. Earlier this year, Walz and Ellison removed a murder case from Moriarty over similar objections to a similar plea deal offered to a juvenile offender in a murder case, but Ellison said then that he didn't anticipate making a rare decision like that again. He reiterated that stance in a statement to the Star Tribune.

"I said earlier this year that I did not expect to ask the Governor to any assign future criminal cases from county attorneys to me," Ellison said. "While I am reluctant to say more now because I have not yet had the opportunity to meet in person with the Markey family, that remains my intention today. Ultimately, all elected officials, including county attorneys, are accountable to voters for their decisions."


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