North St. Paul woman sentenced to 30 days in jail for aiding boyfriend in 2011 shooting

Jade Larson, 21, of North St. Paul was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to the felony charge of aiding and hiding her boyfriend at the time, Adrian Flowers, after he killed De’Koda Galtney in a drive-by shooting on Sept. 28, 2011.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were summoned to the area of Third Street and Bates Avenue on the East Side of St. Paul to investigate a shooting near where children were playing on a warm day. Witnesses said an unknown man shot Galtney in the chest, and friends drove him to Regions Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

During their search for Flowers, officers interviewed Larson, who was 19 at the time. She provided false information to officials, including Flowers’ name and apartment number in Inver Grove Heights. Eventually, after saying Flowers’ name was “AA” and “Andrew,” she admitted that Flowers was indeed her boyfriend.

Investigators searched unsuccessfully for Flowers for several months before they located him at an Extended Stay America Hotel in Bloomington on Dec. 10, 2011. Also present in the room were Larson and another man, Christopher Bruce. Records showed that the room had been registered under Larson’s name. Police also later found a 9 mm pistol hidden in the room. The couple had been staying at the hotel with Bruce since they were evicted from their Inver Grove Heights apartment after police executed the search warrant. Bruce was arrested when Flowers was taken into custody, but was never charged.

Flowers was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison after he agreed to an “Alford plea,” meaning he did not admit to the crime but conceded there was sufficient evidence to convict him at trial, as well as a guilty plea to second-degree unintentional murder.

On April 11, 2013, the day jury selection was slated to begin for her trial, Larson pleaded guilty to the charges of unlawfully aiding and harboring an offender. She admitted at her plea hearing that she knew police were searching for Flowers ands he rented the room so he could avoid being arrested.

Johanna Holub can be reached at jholub@lillienews.com or 651-748-7814.
 

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