Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Semaji Jamal Clemons, age 30 of Inver Grove Heights, was sentenced today by Judge Tracy Perzel to 240 months in prison in connection with a home invasion where a mother and her minor son were assaulted in Inver Grove Heights. Clemons pled guilty April 17, 2020 to one count each of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional), and Burglary in the First Degree. The charge of Assault in the First Degree was dismissed.
On July 19, 2019 around 3:00 p.m., officers responded to a residence on a report of an assault. Upon entering the home, officers heard a woman crying in a back bedroom. Blood was observed all over the floor. As they approached the bedroom, Clemons exited the bedroom. He was observed to have blood on his pants and shoes. It was determined that the woman had several injuries, including puncture wounds in her back and a deep laceration on the front of her neck. She received medical attention at the scene.
The woman told police that Clemons entered her residence and went into her son's bedroom. He grabbed her son by the neck and brought him into the room she was in. Clemons assaulted both of them, punching them in the head several times. Her son told police Clemons repeatedly told them both “you're going to die". Her son ran to a neighbor to get help and returned with a box cutter and tried to use it to get Clemons away from his mother. Clemons took the box cutter and used it to inflict the injuries to the woman.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint at Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Backstrom commented: “We are pleased to have brought this man to justice for this egregious crime." Backstrom extended his continuing hope for recovery and healing to this mother and son.
Backstrom praised Cassandra Shepherd, Assistant County Attorney who prosecuted this case. Backstrom thanked the Inver Grove Heights Police Department for their thorough investigation of this case.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.