Decades in prison await two defendants in Kingfield murder

A Hennepin County District Court Judge sentenced two people to more than 30 years in prison for their roles in a 2015 night of robbery and the shooting death of a Kingfield resident.

Albert George McIntosh, the man who prosecutors said shot resident Julio Mozo-Cuate, was sentenced to more than 38 years in prison.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said Michelle Lee Koester brought five people together to commit robbery on Oct. 18 in 2015, telling them in a text they would need a gun. She was sentenced to 32 years in prison.

The judge heard statements from Mozo-Cuate’s mother, brother, two daughters and wife.

“One day everyone was happy and then suddenly he was gone forever. He can’t see everything good I have done, from dancing to getting my first job,” his daughter said in a statement.

“I feel a great loneliness … a terrible yearning to hug him again,” said his brother.

McIntosh was previously acquitted 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.

Accomplices Alvin Rudolph Bell Jr., Isiah Lee Harper and driver Shannon Haiden pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

The 5th Precinct, which covers Southwest Minneapolis, recorded zero homicides in 2016 and one fatal stabbing to-date in 2017.