Accomplice gets 18 years in Minneapolis triple murder

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a bungled robbery that turned into a triple murder at a market in south Minneapolis last year.

Ahmed Shire Ali apologized to the victims’ relatives at his sentencing in Hennepin County court Wednesday.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Ali said he “didn’t have any intention to hurt anyone.” Killed were a market employee, his cousin and a customer.

Ali pleaded guilty to multiple counts of attempted aggravated robbery and agreed to testify against the gunman convicted in the January 2010 killings, 18-year-old Mahdi Hassan Ali.

Mahdi Ali, who is not related to Ahmed Ali, was convicted of three counts of murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.