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Monica Jensen
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Guilty Plea and Sentence in West St. Paul Homicide Co-Conspirator Also Sentenced in the Case – Farmer, Malik and Rosario, Christino
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Malik Jamal Alize Farmer, age 18 (age 17 at the time of the incident) of St. Paul, pled guilty today to Murder in the Second Degree (While Committing a Felony) and was sentenced to 128 months in prison by Judge Thomas Pugh in connection with the shooting death of Luis David Reyes-Galvan, age 31, that occurred outside the victim’s West St. Paul residence on January 11, 2013.  Christino Andres Rosario, age 18 (age 16 at the time of the incident) of St. Paul, was also sentenced today to 128 months in prison by Judge Thomas Pugh.  Rosario pled guilty on December 20, 2013, to Murder in the Second Degree (While Committing a Felony).  The Judge also ordered restitution to be paid by both defendants in the amount of $6,597.70.

Donovan Michael Diego age 19 (age 18 at the time of the incident) of St. Paul pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional) on April 9 and was sentenced to 278 months in prison.  On October 18, 2013, all three were indicted by a Dakota County Grand Jury with Murder in the First Degree (While Committing Aggravated Robbery), Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional), and Murder in the Second Degree (While Committing a Felony).

A copy of the indictment can be found at Criminal Complaint Search.  While in custody, mug shots can be viewed at Inmate Search. Prior news releases are available at Attorney News Releases.

Backstrom commented:  “This was another example of senseless gun violence which claimed a life.  We are pleased to have held all three co-conspirators accountable for this violent crime.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to the victim’s family and friends for their great loss.”

Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Kathy Keena, who prosecuted the case.  Backstrom thanked the West St. Paul Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the St. Paul Police Department who assisted in the investigation of this case.

If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.