Aaron Morrow convicted for AK-47 murder of Joe Rivera, sentenced to life

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Aaron Morrow fired 15 shots from his AK-47.
Aaron Morrow was convicted yesterday for the September 2010 murder of 21-year-old Joe Rivera.

Morrow, also 21, received a life sentence from the jury, which chose not to believe Morrow's defense: That he'd simply brought an AK-47 into a St. Paul house party to protect his friend.

During the trial, it emerged that Morrow and Rivera had a running dispute, which might have begun when Rivera beat up one of Morrow's friends years before. Whatever started it, Morrow finished it by putting his AK-47 into a black case, and driving to a party where Rivera was hanging out.

When Rivera and two other friends began approaching Morrow's friend, Morrow took out the AK-47. Morrow told the jury that he aimed at Rivera's "center mass, like how they teach you at the [gun] range," the Pioneer Press reports.
The argument that night had been over Morrow's friend, Randy White, who claimed that someone in Rivera's group had stolen his cell phone, the PiPress reports. The other man denied this, and also threatened to beat up White if he continued to ask about it.

White called Morrow, who left his house and his video games to pick up White and remove him from what seemed a dangerous situation. But then Morrow and White circled back to the party, stopping at Morrow's house so he could collect his assault rifle.

White stepped out of the car to retrieve a sweater he'd left behind. At that moment, Rivera and two friends started walking toward White. Morrow said he thought Rivera and his friends might have weapons, but they were later found to be unarmed.

Morrow fired off 15 shots, killing Rivera, and earning himself the life sentence handed down yesterday.


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Jwt0311ak47
Jwt0311ak47

I love seeing gangbangers dead. Scum killing scum. Maybe the Vic should have had a pistol of his own to protect himself. Mr. Rivera you are the weakest link. Goodbye.

Porscha Tuhy
Porscha Tuhy

I am relieved to see that justice was served. RIP Joey. miss you dearly!

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

If only Joe Rivera would have had an Ak-47 all of this could have been prevented.  What possible harm could have come from 2 young men with AK 47s at a party?   When will you Liberals learn?    The only way to stop AK-47 violence is more AK-47s.   When will America end these oppressive regulations?   Support the NRA, vote Republican!  

Shadyghost
Shadyghost

Your dumb bachman. Thats ny buddy who shot him. He got life. Self defense. The retard kept running at him so he shot him.

Joe Louis Mielenhausen
Joe Louis Mielenhausen

I recognize your sarcasm and completely agree with your point.  Shouldn't we be questioning where/how he got an semi-automatic military-style assault weapon, or at least taking note of it? If he obtained it illegally, the local media should dig substantially further than they have. And if he rightfully obtained it, isn't it more frightening that an AK-47 legally wound up in this guy's hands? For debate over the story that isn't reported in this story, check out my recent post: http://minnjoe.wordpress.com/2....

R.I.P. Joey...We Love You
R.I.P. Joey...We Love You

Really!!!!! Give me a break! Adding more guns breeds more violence. I can't believe you have the audacity to make such a statement. But, of course, it wasn't you whose loved one was killed, it was mine. Nothing good came of this, two families destroyed and guns in the wrong hands, in any hands. The only people that should possess any type of gn in public is Law Enforcement. Then, you use this blog for your voting persuasions!!! What exactly did you get from this story? Obviously not the fact that someone who was very loved was losr, forever. We will never see him again, all because of your precious guns and irresposible people that somehow get the chance to possess them.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Was being sarcastic to make a point about how dumb that argument is.  I'm sorry for your loss. 

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