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Friday, 24 July 2015
How Absurd: Man Starts Shooting At Girlfriend's Bday Party Because They Refused To Sing 'Happy Bday' Song To Her
Delonte Thomas, 20, from Minneapolis, has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for opening fire at a birthday — all because attendees didn’t sing “Happy Birthday” to his girlfriend. He wounded three people.
[He] was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 333 months, or 27 and 1/4 years, in prison for his rampage, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced.
In a bizarre court statement, Thomas called himself a “peacemaker” and claimed he had no recollection of the shooting.
“Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody deserves a second chance,” he said.
“I’m the peacemaker, I’m the one to try my best to make it through a situation. I don’t recall having a gun. I don’t recall shooting (anybody). I just hope to get some type of mercy here.”
The attack came in July 2014 after Thomas brought his girlfriend to a backyard birthday party, according to a criminal complaint. He started a fight with fellow partiers after they sang “Happy Birthday” to the guest of honor — but not to his girlfriend, whose birthday happened to be the same day.
Thomas stormed out of the party, returned 20 minutes later with a semi-automatic handgun and fired at the birthday bash around 1:30 a.m. He singled out a woman who objected to the group singing to his girlfriend, and shot her nine times, the complaint says. The other two victims suffered eight gunshot wounds each. All three underwent surgery and recovered.