Life Without Parole
A 26-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced to life in prison without parole just six weeks after stabbing a man to death in September. Quanan Lee Machacek pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Cody Rasche, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
A 27-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced Wednesday to life without parole for his role in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy in 2011. Kemen Lavatos Taylor was convicted on nine criminal counts, including the first-degree murder of Rayjon Gomez, 13, and the attempted murder of two of Gomez’s teenaged friends, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
There are seven juveniles in Minnesota who have been sentenced to life in prison without parole since the year 1996. All were sentenced on first-degree murder charges, among others.