MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The trio of men charged in connection with the killing of Shea Stremcha, a Minneapolis man, in summer 2011 were sentenced to time behind bars Tuesday.
Semaj Williams, 23, was sentenced to 460 months in prison, with credit for 615 days served. Robert Shelby, 29, was sentenced for 426 months in prison with credit for 616 days served, and Xavier Walker, 25, was sentenced to 480 months with credit for 457 days served.
Stremcha and his fiancee were asleep in the early morning of July 20, 2011, when he awoke to the sound of breaking glass. Stremcha grabbed a knife near his bed and went to investigate. The three intruders confronted Stremcha, who managed to cut Shelby in the hand. Walker then shot Stremcha in the chest, and he died at the scene.
According to all three defendants, the men planned to rob a drug dealer they thought lived near Lake Street and 45th Avenue. They broke into Stremcha’s house on the 2900 block of 45th Avenue South, which they soon realized was not the home of a drug dealer.
Stremcha was a graduate of St. John’s University and was working at Ameriprise Financial.