MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A second teen has pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree intentional murder in the beating death of a man in Golden Valley, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Leonard Baker, 17, will be sentenced on Feb. 9, 2010.

Baker and two others were arrested after James Teto Grant’s body was found in Theodore Wirth Park on July 18, 2010. An investigation revealed the men allegedly beat Grant to death during a gang initiation.

According to the criminal complaint, the men tried to bury Grant’s body but after that was unsuccessful, they stole a car battery, tied it to his leg and attempted to submerge the body in the pond at Wirth Park.

His body was discovered by a kayaker about a week later.

One of the teens, 17-year-old Emmanuel Garmodhen Myles, was sentenced to 31 years and eight months in prison on two counts of second-degree murder.

Comments (9)
  1. 31 years is too kind, what kind of person along with 2 others gangs up on a human and beats the life out of them. He and his gang buddies should never see the light of day again

    1. JamieinMN says:


  2. J.Pierson says:

    What is the difference between our street gang thugs and Al Quaida? Perhaps one expects fancy clothes and a nice ‘Ride’ while the other dreams of the ’40 Virgins in Paradise’. Their affect on the world is pretty much the same.

  3. PTL says:

    I think the sentence day should be Feb. 9 2011.

  4. Clarence says:

    Tryin to leave a comment here, but liberal “cbs” is censoring and editing my words.

    1. JamieinMN says:

      OMG Wcco is soooo liberal. ENOUGH with the political baiting. This has NOTHING to do with politics as of now.

  5. All they needed was a hug says:

    “Leonard Baker, 17, will be sentenced on Feb. 9, 2010.” Does WCCO have a time machine?

    1. JamieinMN says:

      Yea people are still getting used to the new year. OMG a TYPO! I have NEVER seen one of those! :-/

  6. It takes a village says:

    All you see is these boys on paper. You do not know them; who they truly are. The news reports false information. The news is here strictly for entertainment. To excite and upset the community. Yes, it is very sad a young boy is dead, but the involvement of these boys could have placed any of them in each other’s place. All the families have suffered a tragic loss. You are all speaking on topics you cannot begin to imagine what it would be like to endure personally. In the end only God can judge us all.

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