Man sentenced to over 20 years in prison in connection to fatal Brooklyn Park shooting

A Minneapolis man who was convicted of killing a woman in Brooklyn Park in August of 2019 has been sentenced to 23 and a half years in prison on Thursday.

According to court documents, James Alvin Hill, 33, was convicted of second-degree murder by a jury in January. Hill will serve 23 and a half years at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.

Hill will receive credit for already serving 576 days.

Man charged with murder in Brooklyn Park woman’s death

According to the criminal complaint, Brooklyn Park Police officers were flagged down by a group of people near the intersection of Brookdale Drive and Zane Avenue at about 4:20 p.m. on August 21, 2019. Officers were directed to a woman who was lying on the ground in a parking lot for the Gold Key Mall. Witnesses told officers the woman had just been shot, and she appeared motionless and unresponsive.

Officers at the scene talked to several witnesses who said the woman had walked into a hair salon at the mall and was met by a Black man, later identified as Hill. According to the complaint, Hill asked the woman if she remembered him and the two then hugged. Witnesses in the salon told officers Hill asked her to come outside to see something, and moments later heard a loud bang and saw the woman fall to the ground. Hill then got into the passenger side of an SUV and fled the area.

The complaint states that officers conducted surveillance and observed a Toyota Camry leaving a residence on Logan Avenue in Minneapolis, where the person the SUV was registered to lived. Officers stopped the Camry and three people, including Hill, were taken into custody. The complaint states one of the occupants was identified as the driver of the SUV after the shooting, DeShawn Marvell Slaughter.

After executing a search warrant, officers found an inhaler with the victim’s name on it and also a purse matching the description of the one taken from the victim. The complaint states Hill later admitted to shooting the woman and taking her purse, and also said Slaughter was driving. Officers later found the 9mm handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.