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Man Pleads Guilty To Murder In Minneapolis Break-In

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(credit: Hennepin County Jail)

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the July 2011 shooting death of Shea Stremcha.

Xavier Demia Walker pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in Hennepin County Court Monday just before his trial was set to begin. Walker will be sentenced on March 26 and could get as much as 40 years in prison.

The other two suspects in the case, Robert Shelby and Semaj Williams, are both expected to be sentenced to more than 35 years in prison.

According to court documents, Stremcha and his fiancée were sleeping on the morning of July 20, 2011, when they woke up to the sound of glass breaking. Stremcha grabbed  knife and went to investigate. The three men confronted Stremcha, who was able to stab one of the suspects. Walker then shot Stremcha in the chest, and he died at the scene.

According to the three suspects, they were planning to rob a drug dealer they knew that lived near Lake Street and 45th Avenue, but mistakenly broke into Stremcha’s house on the 2900 block of 45th Avenue.

Walker was indicted for murder on June 21, 212, while Shelby and Williams were indicted for first-degree murder on Aug. 4, 2011.

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