Minneapolis Man Pleads Guilty in 12-Year-Old’s Fatal Shooting and Faces Over 10 Years in Prison

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A Minneapolis man, Letterance Demont Grady, has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the shooting that resulted in the death of a 12-year-old boy in September 2021. The plea deal calls for Grady to receive a sentence of just over 10 years in prison and his sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 5.

Grady was initially charged with two counts of second-degree murder with intent and one count of felony aiding an offender to avoid arrest by harboring or concealing in November 2021. However, these charges were dismissed in April 2023. The charges were refiled a day later, including four counts of second-degree murder and two counts of aiding an offender. An amended complaint filed on Dec. 6 added a count of aiding and abetting second-degree assault.

In a separate case related to the shooting, Grady’s son, Jeremiah Marquise Grady, was sentenced to just over 30 years in prison for the murder of 12-year-old London Bean. Court documents show that Jeremiah pleaded guilty to the charges in May. According to court documents, Letterance is not accused of actually pulling the trigger, but prosecutors say he’s still partly responsible for Bean’s death.

The incident occurred after a physical fight between Bean and Jeremiah Grady’s younger brother. Police reported that Jeremiah Grady approached the property from the back, wearing a mask and all black, and began shooting, hitting Bean twice. Surveillance video showed Letterance Grady driving his son to and from the scene, and during police interviews, Jeremiah Grady claimed his father encouraged him to retaliate and told him to shoot from the car.

Grady’s sentencing is scheduled for February 5, and he faces just over 10 years in prison for his role in the shooting that led to the death of the 12-year-old boy. The case highlights the tragic consequences of gun violence and the importance of holding individuals accountable for their role in such incidents.