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32-year term for teen who at age 15 fatally shot St. Paul motorist at random

A term topping 32 years was handed down to a teenager who was 15 years old when he drove behind a motorist heading home from a St. Paul grocery store and killed her at random with a gunshot to the head.

Melvin D. Williams, of St. Paul, was sentenced as an adult in Ramsey County District Court after pleading guilty to second-degree murder by drive-by shooting in connection with the shooting of 34-year-old Yuliya "Julia" Li on Feb. 16, 2022.

The sentence from Judge Reynaldo Aligada means that with credit for time in custody since his arrest, Williams can expect to serve the first 19 3⁄4 years of his term in prison and the balance on supervised release.


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