A St Paul’s mother wept in court on Friday to talk about her hopes for her estranged son, who was determined to change but was shot last year in a fatal drive-by shooting.
Glencoe’s 44-year-old shooter Bobby Leroy Woody was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in Ramsey County District Court for the murder of 21-year-old Anthony Boulter on April 25, 2020.
“He said he was going to change his life,” Janet Bolleter said of her son’s remarks after serving 30 days in prison. “She danced a little along the way, just lost her life a week later.”
Woody pleaded guilty to unintentional second-degree murder on July 29. According to Judge Mark Ireland, out of the 150-month sentence, Woody will spend 100 months in prison and 50 months on supervised release. He will be credited with 463 days of service. He has also been ordered to pay $5,034 as compensation.
Woody declined to speak on the sentence.
A second man, 28-year-old Olando Delance Franklin Jr. of St. Peter, Minn., who was involved in the shooting, pleaded guilty on August 2 to abetment and abetment of unintentional second-degree murder for the same 150-month plea deal. . . He will be sentenced on Monday.
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, jumped into an SUV and followed it.
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.
Police officials reached the spot around 9.30 pm. They found that Bolator was dead in his seat. He had a bullet mark in the back of his head.
Woody was caught by the police shortly after. Franklin was arrested in May by the US Marshals Gulf Coast Territorial Fugitive Task Force in Memphis, Tenn.
Janet Boelter described her son, who was a twin, “a young man whose life had just begun.” She said that he was “funny, carefree, sarcastic, loving” and someone who lived life “fearlessly and to the fullest”.
She expressed dismay at the sentencing, saying that she knew of the others who were involved that night, believed they should also be charged and did not approve a shorter sentence from the plea deal.
“I am very disappointed,” she said. “What is really needed is… in the justice system.”