A teenager convicted of shooting Fox River Mall was sentenced to 40 years in prison


Appleton-Last year, a teenager was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a shooting at Fox River Mall, killing one and injuring another, followed by a chaotic scene in court late Tuesday afternoon. I broke out.

After Outagamie County Judge Mark McGinnis announced the decision of 18-year-old Desman Ellis, several people in the gallery began yelling and physically confronting, and police escorted many of them from court. After the hearing was over, several police cars with blinking lights remained outside the courthouse.

Ellis was charged in connection with a gunshot that took place around 3:30 pm on January 31, 2021 — Monday a year ago — near the food court in Fox River Mall, 19 years old. From Nina, who led to the death of Giovanni Fraust.

In November, Ellis did not challenge the two accusations related to the case. The second intentional murder and the first reckless danger of safety. Ellis faced more serious murder charges, but prosecutors agreed to correct them before he entered the plea.

After a hearing that lasted about four hours, McGinnis sentenced Ellis to first imprisonment for a total of 40 years, followed by long-term supervision for 25 years.

“There is no doubt that we need to protect the entire community from you,” McGinnis said.

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Ellis stood in front of the court before the judgment was given, spoke quickly and apologized for his actions.

“It was a mistake to regret,” he said. “I will regret it in my future life.”

Ellis, who had already spent about a year in prison, said she hoped Fraust’s family would someday forgive him.

“I was messed up,” he said. “I wish I could get it all back”

Early in the afternoon, many of Fraust’s relatives made a statement in court. Her mother, Tanya Lopez, took a framed photo of her and her children and showed them to McGinnis.

“This hurt my heart,” Lopez said, explaining how the loss of his son affected her life. “I literally feel heartache every day.”

Desman Ellis, 18, was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday and 25 years after being convicted of two more intentional murders and one reckless endangerment of safety. Reacts to the extended director of. His ruling is related to the death of 19-year-old Giovanni Fraust, who was shot dead on January 31, 2021 at Fox River Mall.

Bystanders injured in the gunshot also spoke in court, explaining the challenges they faced since the incident. This includes difficulties in trusting people and sleep problems at night.

“Every small sound I hear, I’m jumping now,” he said.

Melinda Tempellis, a lawyer in the Outagamie County district, emphasized how the case affected the entire community when she recommended the decision.

“The impact on the community was enormous,” Temperis said, explaining the crowd of people fleeing the mall, not knowing what was happening, and being forced to hide for hours as police responded to the incident. There were also people.

Ellis’ defense counsel Scott Seman said Ellis didn’t go to the mall with plans to hurt anyone, but instead worried about his own safety when he fired.

According to Seman, Fraust posed several threats to Ellis months before Ellis was afraid of her life.

Still, Ellis is responsible for what happened, Seman said.

“He understands what he was wrong,” he said.

The court responded to the sentence of 18-year-old Desman Ellis, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday, and was convicted of two more deliberate murders and one reckless security risk. Reacts to the extended director for 25 years after receiving. The ruling is related to the death of 19-year-old Giovanni Fraust, who was shot dead at Fox River Mall on January 31, 2021.

When the ammunition rang in the mall that afternoon, police flocked to the area, causing many to flee the building and find hiding places.

According to the criminal accusation, Ellis and Fraust were both in the mall with separate groups of friends, but apparently began to “exchange words” about the girls in Ellis’ group who were talking to Fraust.

Ellis tells Fraust, “I’ll shoot this place, I’ll kill you,” and he showed the gun before firing at Fraust before he escaped from the mall, complaints say.

A bystander injured by one of Ellis’s ammunition told police he was talking to a friend when he heard a voice saying, “Please drop the gun.” Then he heard the shot and felt something hit his hips, the complaint says.

Police have found two used shell casings on the scene, the complaint said. An autopsy later determined that Fraust died as a result of two gunshot wounds.

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