A St. Paul man tossed from a bar for fighting was convicted Monday for shooting a fellow patron who tried to break up a fight, the Star Tribune said.
Byron D. Brantley fatally shot Trevell Glass, 26, with a .44-caliber revolver across the street from Born's Bar last April 13, prosecutor John Ristad told a Ramsey County District Court jury during closing arguments.
The jury found Brantley, 32, guilty of second-degree murder in Glass' shooting and guilty of attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Ryan L. Davis, then 28, the Tribune said.
Ristad said Brantley emptied the six-round revolver at Glass and Davis after Glass made a disparaging remark about the earlier fight. He also said Brantley tried three times to re-enter Born's after being kicked out.
The defense countered that there was no evidence that Brantley even fired a gun, the Pioneer Press said.
Brantley wanted the last word with Glass, Ristad argued, and that "last word" was delivered through the barrel of Brantley's .44-caliber Magnum revolver.
Ristad told the jury what Brantley had said to his friends as they returned to their car after the shootings, according to Xavier Buckhanan, who also was charged. He testified at Brantley's trial in exchange for a lighter prison sentence.
"You see that?" Buckhanan recalled Brantley saying to him and LeAndrews Miller, another accomplice. "Them n-----s was gettin' tough. I had to air them out."
Charges say Buckhanan told police last year that his cohorts that night were 52 Crips gang members. A photo displayed to jurors showed Brantley with a number "5" tattooed under his right eye and a "2" tattooed under his left, the Tribune said. Ristad said Davis could see the tattoos when the gunman opened fire from about 6 feet away.
District Judge Salvador Rosas set sentencing for June 15.