Plymouth Man Sentenced to 23 Years in Shoe Sale Killing
A deadly shooting following an arranged sale of high-end sneakers has resulted in a 23-year sentence for a Plymouth man.
A Hennepin County District Court judge this week sentenced Augustus Sirleaf, 20, who admitted to fatally shooting a teenage boy after arranging a meetup to sell a pair of designer shoes with the intent of robbing the victim. Sirleaf pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
According to the sentencing terms, Sirleaf will serve two-thirds of the sentence in prison. That’s approximately another 14 1/2 years in prison with credit for time served since his arrest. The balance of the sentence will be on supervised release.
Seventeen-year-old Yaseen Johnson, a Rogers High School student, was shot and killed in November 2022 outside the Four Seasons Estates apartment complex in Plymouth. Court records show Sirleaf and a second suspect arranged to meet Johnson at the apartment complex through a sale of Balenciaga designer sneakers with the intent of robbing him.
The second suspect, Hans Madave, 20, of New Hope, agreed in November to plead guilty to a second-degree murder charge in exchange for a lighter sentence. Madave remains jailed and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 10.