HASTINGS, Minn. - A 28-year-old Burnsville man was found guilty of intentional murder in the second degree Wednesday for the murder of 22-year-old Anthony Hartman.
Jonas Grice was convicted after a Dakota County judge rejected his defense of mental illness. Grice had claimed at the time of the murder, he was suffering from a mental illness to the extent he did not know the nature of his actions or that they were wrong.
Hartman was found shot to death at a car wash in Rosemount on Monday, July 12, 2010. Grice turned himself in to Burnsville police two days later.
"This was a shocking crime which senselessly took a life of a young man with a bright future," Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said. "The defendant had a history of mental illness and violence in his past and should never have been carrying a weapon."
Sentencing for Grice is scheduled to start January 4, 2012.
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