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Second man involved in St. Paul’s drive-by shooting sentenced to 12.5 years for murder of 21-year-old

The second of two men involved in a drive-by shooting last year that killed a 21-year-old was sentenced on Monday via Zoom to 12-and-a-half years.

Olando Delance Franklin Jr., 28, of St. Peter, Minn., pleaded guilty on August 2 to aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional homicide. He received a 150-month sentence for his participation in the murder of Anthony Boulter of St. Paul on April 25, 2020.

Anthony Boelter (Courtesy of the Boelter Family)

Of that, Franklin will spend 100 months in prison and 50 months on supervised release, according to Judge Kelly Olmsted. He appeared from prison via Zoom and was sentenced in Ramsey County District Court. They will be given 517 days of credit for the time given.

The second man, Bobby Leroy Woody, 44, of Glencoe, Minn., received the same sentence Friday. Both were ordered to pay about $5,000 in compensation.

“I truly apologize from the bottom of my heart,” Franklin said to Anthony’s mother, Jeanette Boulter, who attended the virtual sentencing. “I pray to Anthony every night to forgive me as well as find it in your hearts to forgive me. There is no excuse or reason why I did this. I grew up around this my whole life.” So that’s all I knew. I’m really sorry for everything.”

Franklin further asked to send Janet Boulter’s victim impact statement to him. She read it in its entirety on Woody’s sentence, but couldn’t finish it the second time without crying.

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“I feel like my child’s life was not meant for anyone other than his family,” she said, adding that, as she did on Friday, she felt the sentence too soft.

According to the criminal complaint, Franklin and Woody had a long-standing feud with Anthony Boulter. The two were hanging out at Boelter’s ex-girlfriend’s house on April 25. Boelter did not like to accompany them, and he left the residence in his yellow Volkswagen Beetle, as he had done several times before.

Franklin and Woody saw the Beetle, got into an SUV and followed it. Franklin was in the passenger seat.

An eyewitness told police that as the two vehicles approached the intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Cypress Street in St. Paul, they saw the Beetle approaching a dark SUV. The complaint states that the witness saw the muzzle flashing from the rear passenger side of the SUV and noticed that the shooter was firing into the rear window of the Beetle. Bolter died on the spot.

Judge Olmsted said, “This case has always struck me, from the moment I read the complaint, as an incomprehensible waste of human life.” “I feel like a broken record in saying how disappointed I am at the ease with which youth in our community are turning to gun violence to solve the gun problem.”

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