Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Sopearvy Ogbondah Michelle Sam-Farrow, age 21 of St. Paul, was sentenced today to 50 days in jail and probation for five years by Judge Michael Mayer in connection with a drive-by shooting in South St. Paul on the evening of August 28, 2017. Judge Mayer also ordered restitution in an amount to be determined. Sam-Farrow pled guilty on August 26, 2019, to one count of Terroristic Threats.
A total of five individuals were charged in August of 2017 with one count each of Drive-by Shooting (Toward Person or Occupied Motor Vehicle or Building) and Assault in the 2nd Degree (Dangerous Weapon). The other four Defendants:
Tyrone Lamar Farrow of Big Lake pled guilty to one count of Drive-by Shooting and was sentenced to 365 days in jail, probation for 10 years (Stay of Execution of 48 month sentence), and 60 days of electronic home monitoring to commence on the anniversary of the shooting while on probation. A fine of $400 was also ordered and restitution was reserved.
Erik Dontez Poe of Burnsville pled guilty to Drive-by Shooting and was sentenced to 270 days in jail, eight years of probation (Stay of Execution of 41 month sentence), and restitution was reserved.
Cheridan Bree Redmond of Inver Grove Heights pled guilty to Terroristic Threats and was sentenced to 50 days in jail, five years of probation, and restitution was reserved.
Juan Carlos Rojas of Inver Grove Heights pled guilty to Drive-by Shooting, and was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
Additional facts pertaining to these cases can be found in the criminal complaints at Criminal Complaint Search. Prior news releases are available at County Attorney News Releases. When in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Backstrom commented: “We are thankful that no deaths occurred and that no other individuals were injured in this incident. We wish the victims a full recovery from this shooting."
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Jessica Bierwerth who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the South St. Paul Police Department for their investigation of this case. Backstrom also thanked the West St. Paul Police Department, Inver Grove Heights Police Department, Mendota Heights Police Department, Eagan Police Department, St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and the Dakota County Sheriff's Office for their assistance with this case.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.