MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An associate minister has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of a North High School staff member.

In late January, Derrick Trevor Griffin, 41, of Minneapolis was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree murder while committing a drive-by shooting in the death of Kristopher Miller.

According to authorities, on the evening of May 10, 2011, Miller was at Elk’s Club on Plymouth Avenue with Griffin’s wife, who was separated from Griffin. When they left the club around 11:15 p.m., she saw a white Cadillac parked across the street and said Griffin was stalking her. Miller walked her to her car, then went to his car and drove home alone.

Just a few minutes later, witnesses heard gunshots outside Miller’s home at 1116 Irving Ave. and observed a white Cadillac drive away.

“The toxic combination of jealousy and a handgun left a good man dead and the North High community, and Mr. Miller’s family, grief-stricken,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “We thank the jury for returning this guilty verdict so that a man who has caused so much pain will now spend the rest of his life behind bars.”

Comments (10)
  1. Kevin says:


  2. DEEP says:

    We really need to make jealously against the law!

  3. Sonjay says:

    It’s great that we now have Asian highway cones!

  4. pete says:

    What happened to forsaken to all others miss wifey.A good example that marriage laws are a joke.One man dead and the other man is going to do a life sentence,and the great laws of minnesota encourages the wifey to find another husband and commit adultry again.mn.stat.subdivision 6a says,you go girl.

  5. big banjo says:

    there is no such thing as a black “minister” who is not conniving, corrupt, and self serving and have unspoken agendas and alterior motives…..i challenge ANYONE to prove otherwise.

    1. Lorna Pettis says:

      ALL black ministers are not corrupt or coniving or self-serving., Nor do they have ulterior motives. As in ANY race, there are some ministers who shouldn’t be.

    2. Tired of the Racism! says:

      I’d rather have that than a Catholic Priest molesting the Alter boys….No one race of people is all bad how dare u generalize! I dare u to prove that on average all Serial Killer’s arent’ white men….lol

  6. Lorna Pettis says:

    As the grandmother of Kris’ eldest daughter, I can say we are extremely pleased that Derrick will never see freedom again. Nothing will bring Kris back to us, but at least is death did not go unpunished. As for Derrick’s wife, well she has a higher power to answer to. Kris was a very loving, caring man who we all miss deeply. Please, for our sake, just keep positive thoughts in your minds. Negativity is what brought us to where we are today.

    1. One of a few says:

      I agree Mrs Pettis !!

  7. Sha'Londra says:

    Why are they keeping a pic of the minister that shot low key….why dont they post a pic with article so we can see his face….put him on BLAST —- I hope they give him a VERY HARD time in jail….. he deserved life for this crime…..

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