Cory Donta Edwards, convicted of attempted murder, creates scene in Hennepin County court


Cory Donta Edwards made a scene at the county courthouse yesterday as a Hennepin County judge prepared to sentence him for attempted murder.

Judge Marilyn Kaman denied a request to sentence Edwards to less time than sentencing guidelines called for. Edwards turned and began walking toward the vacant defense table, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said in a statement, and was "hustled out of the courtroom" by two sheriff's deputies.

Edwards was convicted of attempted murder in the first degree last month for shooting a man, Willie Jones, who met him to buy marijuana last October. Edwards shot Jones and robbed him of $550, then fled.

The shooting happened at 48th and Camden Avenues North. Edwards and Jones knew each other from prison, and Edwards was listed in Jones' cellphone as "Shorty C," prosecutors revealed in the criminal complaint.

Jones survived the shooting because he blocked the bullets with both arms, but he required major surgery to repair fractures and artery damage in his right arm.

Edwards was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison.

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