March 01, 2018 03:12 PM
The man charged in the fatal stabbing of a 31-year-old woman in a downtown Minneapolis parking ramp last summer has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
A press release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Benjamin Love entered his guilty plea Thursday morning and will be sentenced to 24 years in prison on March 8.
According to the release, the sentence is more than recommended under the state's sentencing guidelines because Love had been convicted of two other violent felonies prior to the murder. He also pleaded guilty to two other counts related to the murder, as well as to a separate aggravated robbery committed in 2016 and will serve 78 months concurrently.
Police said they responded to a report of a stabbing just after midnight on July 15 of last year at a parking ramp on Second Avenue North.
Upon arrival, officers located an adult female who had been stabbed. The woman - identified as Mai Yer Cha - was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where she died days later.
According to the criminal complaint, Love stabbed Cha after holding a knife to her friend's throat while trying to rob a group of four women who were returning to their car. Cha was stabbed in the heart when she tried to stop Love.
Love was also charged with two counts of aggravated robbery in connection to an incident earlier in July on the University of Minnesota campus.
In that incident, a male and female waiting for an Uber near Blegen Hall early in the morning of July 3 said they were approached by a male who displayed a knife and demanded their property.
After turning over watches, phones, money and credit cards, the two victims allege the man ordered them at knifepoint to strip off their clothing and left them naked as he fled toward downtown.
That matter is still pending.
Updated: March 01, 2018 03:12 PM
Created: March 01, 2018 02:57 PM
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