MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The third suspect in a 2011 Minneapolis robbery that turned deadly was convicted of murder on Wednesday by a Hennepin County jury.
Nisius McAllister, who had been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with an August 2011 shooting in the Little Earth community of Minneapolis, was convicted on both counts. The jury took about four hours to convict McAllister after a trial that lasted just more than a week.
Two other suspects in the case, 23-year-old Justin Fineday and 27-year-old Leonidis McAllister, who are nephews to Nisius McAllister, had already pleaded guilty in the case. Leondis McAllister admitted to being the shooter in the murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Fineday is expected to be sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Police responded to the 2500 block of 18th Avenue South in Minneapolis on Aug. 14, 2011, on a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Michael McMillan beaten and suffering from at least two gunshot wounds.
An investigation showed the three men met McMillan to buy drugs from him and decided to rob him. They knocked McMillan to the ground and kicked him. They also stripped him of his clothes, and Leondis McAllister shot him in the torso. He later shot McMillan in the head, and McMillan died from the wounds on Sept. 1, 2011.
When the three suspects were arrested, police found property belonging to McMillan and a .380-caliber handgun. Nisius McAllister is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole on June 24.