Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Derrick Wallace Dahl, age 23 of Apple Valley was sentenced today by Judge Erica MacDonald in connection with the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Benjamin Allen Hanson of Welch, Minnesota that took place on July 23, 2011 around 9:00 p.m. Dahl received a stayed prison sentence of 48 months and was placed on probation for 10 years. As conditions of probation Dahl was ordered to serve 90 days in jail and pay restitution. At the time of his guilty plea on May 23rd to Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Dahl indicated the he and friends, including the victim, were handling several handguns at a home in Burnsville. Thinking the weapon was unloaded, Dahl cocked a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at the victim’s head and pulled the trigger. The gun discharged and Hanson was shot in the head. He died the next day.
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