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"Charges dismissed in St. Paul shooting case"

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, assault charges were dismissed Friday against a St. Paul man who was accused of "participating in the shooting of a pregnant woman, her fetus and her boyfriend last May on the city's upper East Side."

Lee Vang, 31, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault in November. Vang had not originally been involved as a suspect until he was included in a confession from Evalyn Bheaanu.

Bheaanu pleaded guilty to all three charges in August, saying that Vang shot through Andrea Benhamin's apartment door on May 18. She said that Vang did that "because he was mad that Bheaanu had been beaten up and robbed earlier that night."

The Star Tribune reported that Benjamin was shot in the stomach and "later gave birth to a pre-term baby boy." The baby was injured by the bullet, which went through his buttocks and leg.

Benjamin and her baby both survived.

Bheannu is serving 36-, 46- and 61-month sentences simultaneously.