Minneapolis man convicted of murder in Columbia Heights

A 19-year-old man has been convicted of killing a man during an argument over a cell phone last year in Columbia Heights.

Evan Ramon Denny (Courtesy of Anoka County Sheriff’s Office)
Evan Ramon Denny (Courtesy of Anoka County Sheriff’s Office)

Evan Ramon Denny of Minneapolis was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for second-degree murder on April 4. Denny shot and killed Mohamud Abdiwahab Hilowle, 20, of Minneapolis in a Columbia Heights home in January 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, Columbia Heights police responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting at 1266 Circle Terrace Blvd. When officers arrived they learned that an adult male had been shot and was transported by friends to Unity Hospital with gunshot wounds.

Hilowle was transported to North Memorial Hospital for further treatment, where he was pronounced dead.

According to the female who was the main renter of the property at 1266 Circle Terrace Blvd., Hilowle got into an argument with another male over a cell phone. She told police she recognized one of the males as Denny, whom she knows from high school.

The female said Denny left for a short period of time and then came inside and began shooting at Hilowle.

Another witness said there was an argument about a cell phone and that Denny shot Hilowle.

Denny was charged with murder in the second degree with intent but not premeditated, although he pleaded guilty to an amended count of second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony.

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