Minneapolis woman convicted of carjacking role

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Minneapolis (KROC-AM News) – A Minneapolis woman has been sentenced to 100 months in prison for her role in a series of violent carjackings in the Twin Cities.

According to the Department of Justice, Krisanne Benjamin, 25, was sentenced to 100 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $ 13,323.53 in restitution.

Court documents show that on August 28, 2020, Benjamin and Jeremiah Ironrope, 25, drove a brown SUV into a parking lot in Richfield, where they pulled into a parking lot near a 2017 Audi. Ironrope approached the driver of the ‘Audi and pointed a 12-gauge shotgun, with a sawn-off barrel, at the driver and demanded the keys to the car. Benjamin watched the brown SUV as Ironrope started the Audi and drove off. Benjamin then followed him in the brown SUV.

According to court documents, in the early hours of the next day, the Minnesota State Patrol located the stolen Audi, which was driven by Ironrope and occupied by Benjamin. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Ironrope drove off at high speed. During the chase, Benjamin got out of the vehicle and fled on foot while Ironrope continued to flee in the Audi.

The vehicle was eventually found moving and unoccupied in Minneapolis. Documents say the vehicle was partially spray painted and officers found a stolen wallet, spray paint bottles, hat, gloves and receipts in the vehicle. Police also found a used 12 gauge shotgun cartridge under the driver’s seat.

Records show that Benjamin pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting car hijacking on September 7, 2021. On September 9, 2021, Ironrope pleaded guilty to one count of car hijacking and one count of use, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime. He is expected to be sentenced on April 7, 2022.

As part of their guilty pleas, Ironrope and Benjamin admitted to two other carjackings that occurred on July 26, 2020 in Maple Grove and August 7, 2020 in St. Paul. In both cases, the defendants physically assaulted the victims before stealing their vehicles. Ironrope also admitted to two carjackings in December 2020 in St. Louis Park and St. Paul. In both cases, Ironrope pointed a handgun at the victims before stealing their vehicles.

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