Hennepin County jury convicts two in 2015 robbery, homicide

A Hennepin County jury has found two people guilty of 11 out of 12 counts related to an October 2015 night of robbery, burglary and the shooting death of a Kingfield resident.

The sentencing is in March. Three other individuals have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office: Resident Julio Mozo-Cuate was sitting in his car in the alley behind his home at the 3700 block of 1st Avenue South when a man approached and asked for a cigarette. Two additional men arrived and took his watch, and Mozo-Cuate started honking the car horn. Albert George McIntosh, age 32, reportedly said: “Do you think we’re playing,” and fired a gun at Mozo-Cuate at least four times. Mozo-Cuate died at the hospital from gunshot wounds to the chest, pelvis and abdomen.

Additional robberies that October night took place at the 2600 block of Bloomington Avenue South and a house at the 3000 block of 19th Avenue South.

McIntosh suggested targeting Hispanic neighborhoods where people were more likely to carry cash and less likely to call police, according to Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Therese Galatowitsch.

McIntosh was acquitted last fall of charges that he shot and killed Sarah Wierstad the same evening during another robbery and burglary in St. Paul, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Hennepin County jury also assigned a guilty verdict to Michelle Lee Koester, age 43, for her role in the evening’s crimes. Others who pleaded guilty and await sentencing include Alvin Rudolph Bell Jr., age 26; Isiah Lee Harper, age 27; and driver Shannon Haiden.