Jered Ohsman was sixteen years old when he murdered a man during a crime spree. According to court documents Jered Ohsman and his fifteen year old acomplice would shoot and kill a man then stole his vehicle. The teen killer along with his accomplice would carjack another vehicle, committed a burglary and then were involved in a police chase before the two were arrested. Jered Ohsman would plead guilty and was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison
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A 17-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to a deadly shooting in last June was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison Monday.
Police say Jered Ohsman and another boy shot Steven Markey, 39, on June 11, 2019 while trying to steal his car in northeast Minneapolis.
Ohsman, who was 16 at the time of the murder, was supposed to stand trial as an adult, but he entered a guilty plea in March to second-degree intentional murder. His sentencing was originally scheduled for April 1, but it was postponed to July 6 due to the pandemic. He still faces two aggravated robbery charges.
He apologized to the victim’s family in court Monday.
“There is nothing I can do to take back what I’ve done,” he said. “I would like the court to know that I am sorry for what I’ve done.”
Ohsman’s defense team pinned much of the blame for what happened on a failed child protection system in Hennepin County and asked for a reduced sentence.
The defense explained that their client was clinically diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and his mother and father’s parental rights were terminated, leaving the young man as a ward of the state without the necessary care, direction or treatment to know right from wrong.
“We have a tremendous and systemic failure. If we want to think of there being a school to prison pipeline in this country, what we have is foster care is a bullet train. They did absolutely nothing,” defense attorney Kathy Cima said.
Prosecutors fought back against the narrative.
“The defendant and his co-respondent planned to rob somebody. They decided when they woke up, they were going to rob somebody. They had a kit that they carried with them, a backpack containing bandanas and firearms,” prosecutor Maximillia Utley said.
Ohsman’s accomplice, who was 15 at the time, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to determine if he will be certified as an adult.
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A Coon Rapids teen has pleaded guilty to murder charges in a carjacking incident last summer in Minneapolis.
Jered Ohsman, 17, stood in front of a judge in Hennepin County court on Monday and admitted that just before 5 p.m. on June 11 he and another teen set out to rob a man and take his car.
Ohsman was 16. His accomplice was 15. Both boys were armed and fired at Steven Markey. Markey tried to drive away but crashed his car. He died later at the hospital from multiple gunshot wounds.
Prosecutors allege that Ohsman and his accomplice didn’t stop there. According to criminal charges, the two teens continued their crime spree by carjacking another victim downtown and committing another burglary before being arrested after trying to flee police in the stolen car.
Ohsman was certified to stand trial as an adult. Hennepin County Attorney spokesperson Chuck Laszewski said Ohsman’s accomplice is still going through the certification process.
Members of Markey’s family were in court as Ohsman pleaded guilty.
After Ohsman answered questions from attorneys, Judge Kathryn Quaintance asked him directly, “Clearly you knew shooting someone in the chest could or would be fatal?” she asked.
Ohsman replied, “Yes, ma’am.”
Ohsman made a straight plea of guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, opting not to make a deal with the state that could have reduced his sentence.
Laszewski said Ohsman still faces a first-degree robbery charge. He said no decision has been made on whether the office will continue to prosecute Ohsman for that.
Prosecutors say Ohsman faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. His sentencing is set for April 17.