Man sentenced to 16 years in prison for shooting local musician, string of robberies

Jonell Butler. Photo: Hennepin County Jail
Jonell Butler.

Updated: August 20, 2019 10:24 AM

A man has been sentenced to over seven years in prison in connection with a string of robberies in Minneapolis and the shooting of a local musician.

According to court documents and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Jonell Butler, 35, from Minneapolis, was sentenced to 199 months in prison for assault in the first-degree (great bodily harm).

Man pleads guilty to first-degree assault in connection to string of robberies, shooting of musician

The other suspect involved in this case, 36-year-old Natalie Nicole Box, of Hibbing, was sentenced to 78 months (about 6.5 years) in prison on June 19. She had pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery, but entered the same kind of plea deal as Butler, who subsequently had the two aggravated robbery charges dropped in exchange for pleading guilty to the assault charge.

The charges were in connection to a string of robberies that occurred on Sept. 8, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, 2018.

2 suspects charged in connection to string of armed robberies, shooting of local musician 

In the Oct. 5 robbery, local musician Aaron "Hix" Lee and Katie Szczepaniak were robbed, and Lee was shot in the stomach near 13th Avenue NE and Fourth Street NE. Lee has since made a full recovery.

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