Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Murder Charges in Dollar Tree Shooting Sentenced

June 19, 2017 12:35 PM

A man who pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder charges in a shooting at the Burnsville Dollar Tree last November was sentenced Monday to 390 months or 32.5 years in prison.

Grant David Hendrickson, 28, pleaded guilty on June 6 to one count of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder with intent to kill.


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The shooting left 69-year-old Donald Joseph Hortsch dead, and the other victim, who is now 27, paralyzed below the waist.

The shooting happened shortly after noon. Hortsch was a customer in the store, and the other victim was believed to be an acquaintance of a store employee.  

Hendrickson said in an interview with police that he acted in "self-defense" and was jumped by six men and "hit" one of them.

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Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a statement on June 6, "We are pleased to have brought this man to justice for this violent and senseless crime." 

Hendrickson will serve his sentences concurrently for the charges. 


Theresa Malloy

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