Man Who Shot Somali-Americans Convicted of Attempted Murder
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A jury has convicted a Minnesota man of attempted murder for
shooting and wounding two Somali-American men in Minneapolis last year.
Twenty-six-year-old Anthony Sawina of Lauderdale was found guilty Thursday on
all nine felony counts he faced, including attempted first-degree murder.
Sawina maintained that he fired in self-defense. The defense attorney told
jurors that the idea that Sawina planned to try and kill the men was ``nuts.''
But Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Patrick Lofton argued that premeditation
can happened in a short period of time.
The shooting happened last June in the Dinkytown area near the University of
Minnesota. The two men who were shot and wounded were on their way to prayers
after playing basketball.
Sawina is scheduled to be sentenced June 12.