HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – A 22-year-old Prior Lake man was sentenced Thursday in connection with a 2008 Burnsville home invasion that left a 52-year-old man badly burned and stabbed several times.

Shaquen Perril Whitfield was sentenced Thursdayin Dakota County District Court to more than 30 years in prison with credit for time already served. Whitfield was convicted last November of first-degree burglary, first-degree murder and first-degree arson.

According to a criminal complaint, a 52-year-old man who owned a Burnsville townhome was attacked in a home invasion on May 11, 2008. He was stabbed three times in the face and head and 17 times in the back. The invaders set fires in eight different locations, disabled smoke alarms, turned on gas burners and fled.

They left the victim to die and stole his car. The victim was somehow able to escape from the house, ran to a neighbor’s home and called police. The criminal complaint states that the victim did not know the attackers.

Police later found blood at the scene identifying Whitfield as one of the invaders.  He pleaded guilty in June of 2009 to all three charges. Irvin Scott Cook was also sentenced to 29 and-a-half years in prison back in May on four felony charges in connection with the incident.

Comments (19)
  1. trl the alligator says:

    ….that black POS got less than what he deserved…..he should have gotten life with no parole. ….same goes for his loser accomplice…..and racsists like the first commenter will never stand united….just sayin

  2. John says:

    Didn’t he plead guilty? Unite against yourself.

  3. trl the alligator says:


  4. Justin says:

    HAHA is this comment a joke?! I sure hope so. The guy stabbed someone in the FACE and then the back 17 TIMES. The man deserved multiple life sentences. Right here is an example wrong with our world today. Yes, you sir.

    1. david says:

      this dude only got 8yrs!!!

  5. Jodi says:

    Excuse me? The intruder broke in to the victim’s house & STABBED HIM in the face, head, and back. Who cares what color he is? Shame on you for even suggesting that because he’s black it somehow excuses his behavior. If we lived in a country with an eye for an eye (or a stab for a stab) we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.

  6. Guy says:

    Somebody should “defeat” this thug with a bullet to the head.

  7. Organize! says:

    I apologize for my stupid comment.

    I was going through a crack cocaine withdrawal, and when that happens, I sometimes say stupid things.


  8. White Bread says:

    Please, dude. This day in age, nobody gets more help than your friendly neighborhood nagger. And this guy still feels a need to rob, cheat, and steal. He was convicted by a jury of his peers. God love our justice system. Too back he can’t get capital punishment.

  9. yukon cornelius says:

    He probably didn’t even commit the crime.

  10. Steve says:

    And Rev Al and Rev Jesse will say it is racially motivated. The poor boy grew up in a broken home and is not responsible for what he did. It is the white society that is to blame

  11. fred says:

    this thug is as violent as they come. 30 years means parole in probably 10 years, then it`s back to were he left off. or much worse.

  12. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:

    Is it just me, or does he look like a young Don Cheadle?

  13. Hugh Jorgan says:

    Well Shaquen, I predict Big Bo is gonna’ seek you out in prison, and with that cute little grin of yours, he’s gonna’ make you his personal biotch on a daily basis for quite some time to come – enjoy!

    P.S. – don’t worry about the tearing – you’ll get used to it… heh.

  14. Kevin says:

    Aint Diversity grand?

  15. david says:

    he didnt get 30ys he got 8

    1. david says:

      he got 8yrs that fukkin snitch

  16. Mic says:

    ummm, I do not see where it says he got 8 years. However, I do see “more than 30 years in prison “. Would you mind pointing out where it says he got 8… Thanks!

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