Witness in Zebuhr murder sentenced for lying under oath

Lasonya Denise Miles, 18, a witness of the March 18 murder of Michael Zebuhr, 25, and robbery of his mother in Uptown, was sentenced to one year in a county workhouse and five years probation for lying under oath.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Miles admitted making statements to a grand jury that contradicted what she said to police about the incident. Under state law, grand jury testimony is not public.

On March 18, Zebuhr, a graduate student from South Carolina, was in Minneapolis visiting his family. Zebuhr, his mother, sister and a friend were walking from a Calhoun Square restaurant to their car, parked near 31st Street and Girard Avenue South, when two assailants approached them. One demanded Zebuhr's mother's purse and grabbed it from her, the other shot Zebuhr in the head.

Miles pled guilty to one felony count of being an accomplice after the fact and was sentenced by Hennepin County District Judge John Somerville. She could be sentenced to four years in prison if she violates her probation.

Suspects Billy Ray Deshawn Johnson and Donte Lamar Jacobs, both 17, have been indicted on one count of first-degree murder. Derrick Lamon Johnson, 32, was charged with second-degree arson and for being an accomplice after the fact, for setting fire to a getaway car sought by police as evidence.