MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Burnsville man has been found guilty of murder, after a judge rejected the idea that he was mentally ill at the time of the fatal shooting.

Jonas Gerald Grice, 28, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder in connection with the shooting death of Anthony Hartman, 22, of Apple Valley.

The shooting occurred on Monday, July 12, 2010 at a car wash in Rosemount.

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Grice later argued that he was suffering from a mental illness and didn’t know the nature of his actions or that they were wrong.

Dakota County District Court Judge Karen Asphaug rejected Grice’s defense of mental illness on Wednesday.

Attorney Bob Oleisky said it’s hard to prove a defendant’s mental state at the time of the crime.

“We don’t know how an individual is reacting at the time of the incident. We can’t take a snapshot, if you will, and say ‘yes, he’s mentally ill and not criminally responsible right at the time it happened,'” he said.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom expressed his sympathy to the family of Hartman.

“This was a shocking crime which senselessly took a life of a young man with a bright future,” he said. “The defendant had a history of mental illness and violence in his past and should never have been carrying a weapon.”

Grice’s sentencing hearing will be on Jan. 4, 2012. Instead of commitment to a mental hospital, Grice faces up to 40 years in prison.

Comments (10)
  1. just sayin says:

    Look at him. What a filth. Rot in that cell man.

    1. Jim says:

      I thought you were so distressed at name calling, just stupid.

    2. Just sayin' you rotten says:

      hey skat ….. bad meth today huh. Good stuff on yer corner …. but ya got to get the dude to pull his tool out of yer rear right now and hurry or it will be gone.
      Happy pooperpackin

  2. jackactionhero says:

    By sentencing these mongrels to prison time for these blatant murders we are sending the message that it’s ok to randomly shoot anybody who says something you don’t like. Why do we allow people like this to live? What purpose are we suggesting he will serve the world and our society? Why are we so limp-wristed that we can’t even punish a murderer?

  3. What just stupid said a few days ago. says:

    Oh my, just stupid. Such mane calling. I am so embarrassed by fellow humans for such horrible postings.

    1. another thing says:

      I’m embarrassed at the level of education by posters like you. Obviously you don’t know how to spell.

  4. Jonus is now gonna' get what he deserves - heh. says:

    Yeah Jonus, you’re mental alright. Rot in hell, POS!

  5. @justsaying2 says:

    “The defendant had a history of mental illness and violence in his past and should never have been carrying a weapon.”

    So I’m confused – the DA said he was mental ill, but the judge said he wasn’t? Regardless, hope he doesn’t harm anyone else and gets help while serving.

  6. Buggy says:

    I worked with the victim’s father for many years. If you could see what this has done to their family, there is no way you would have mercy for this animal.

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