Man Guilty of Killing Mpls. Woman During Burglary

Updated: 07/10/2013 2:29 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Gregory Davis
Gregory Davis
Photo: Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

A jury has convicted a man in the killing of a woman while he was burglarizing her Minneapolis apartment.

It took less than five hours for the Hennepin County jury to convict 31-year-old Gregory Davis of first-degree murder, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman stated Wednesday.

The killing happened Dec. 22, 2011 at 21-year-old Brianna Jones' apartment at 1518 Emerson Ave. N. It appeared she walked in the door when she was shot in the left temple, according to the county attorney's office.

Davis also was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm. He was sentenced to life in prison late Tuesday morning. He'll be eligible for parole after serving about 30 years. The trial lasted three weeks.

"It's always sad when a young person has her life cut short, but this one was made worse by the fact that it was in her home, where she should be safe, and committed by a man who had previously been invited into the home by her boyfriend's mother," Freeman said in a release. "This was a long and contentious trial, but our attorneys were able to get a measure of justice for the victim and those who loved her."

Davis, of St. Paul, was dating the mother of Jones' boyfriend. Jones and her boyfriend lived in the apartment. Jones' boyfriend's mother moved out of the apartment the day before.

Neighbors told police that they saw Davis walking through the back door of Jones' apartment carrying a bag of belongings the day of the murder. Jones' boyfriend told police that jewelry was missing. Police later found a necklace and gun, which was stolen from the apartment, with Davis.

Davis refused to leave the jail for some of the testimony during the trial. Jones' mother and father gave victim impact statements before Davis' sentencing by District Judge Daniel Mabley.