Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Trashaun Morris, age 18 from St. Paul, who was 17 years old at the time of the incident and was certified to stand trial as an adult in September of 2018, was sentenced today to 128 months in prison by Judge Joseph Carter in connection with the deadly shooting incident which occurred in Inver Grove Heights on March 24, 2018, that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Billy Ray Robles of St. Paul. Morris pled guilty May 21, 2019 to Murder in the 2nd Degree (without intent to kill).
Below is a summary of other cases involved in this incident:
A 16-year-old male from St. Paul pled guilty May 15, 2018 to one count of Riot in the First Degree (Committed for the Benefit of a Gang) and was sentenced to 60 months in prison. Judge Michael Mayer stayed the execution of the sentence and placed the juvenile under extended juvenile court jurisdiction until he reaches age 21.
Another 16-year-old male from St. Paul pled guilty May 1, 2018 to one count of Riot in the First Degree and was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Judge Joseph Carter stayed execution of the sentence and placed the juvenile under extended court jurisdiction until he reaches age 21.
Taishawn Taquan Smith, age 18 of Crystal, pled guilty September 13, 2018 to one count of Riot in the Second Degree and was sentenced to 13 months in prison. Judge Tanya O'Brien gave him credit for 163 days in jail, probation for five years and stayed the execution of this sentence.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is available online at Criminal Complaint Search. If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search. Prior news releases are available at County Attorney News Releases.
Backstrom commented: “We are pleased to have brought those responsible for the senseless death of Billy Ray Robles to justice." Backstrom expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of Billy Ray Robles.
Backstrom praised Tori Stewart, the Assistant County Attorney who prosecuted this case. Backstrom thanked the Inver Grove Heights Police Department for their investigation into this matter, and the multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which did the forensic analysis of evidence in this incident.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.