Woodbury man sentenced in shooting death of former girlfriendA Woodbury man accused in the shooting death of a 19-year-old woman early last fall pleaded guilty on Monday to second-degree intentional homicide and will spend 35 years in prison.
By: Jon Echternacht, Hudson Star-Observer, Woodbury Bulletin
A Woodbury man accused in the shooting death of a 19-year-old woman early last fall pleaded guilty on Monday to second-degree intentional homicide and will spend 35 years in prison.
Christopher Soriano Ledesma, 30, received his sentence not far from where he admitted to shooting and killing Kelly Dahm, of Maplewood last fall. In addition to his prison sentence, which includes no possibility of parole, Ledesma also received 25 years extended supervision.
Police said Dahm and Ledesma had an “on and off-again” relationship for the past two years.
The second-degree intentional homicide charge was the result of a plea bargain between district attorney Eric Johnson and Ledesma's defense team.
Ledesma was originally charged with first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the shooting death of Dahm, whose body was found in a car Sept. 20 of last year parked in the St. Croix County Government Center lot outside the building that houses the courtroom where Ledesma received his sentence.
Johnson said the plea agreement was “in the interest of justice. I think 35 years is appropriate considering the facts."
Kucinski said there were discrepancies in testimony from the medical examiner and ballistics experts and that Ledesma suffered from "ongoing mental health issues," that could lead to a not guilty by reason of insanity defense.
Ledesma pleaded no contest and waived a pre-sentence investigation.
Dahm's body was found about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in an abandoned Chevrolet Malibu in the upper parking lot at the government center.
Ledesma was arrested that evening by Woodbury police when officers investigated a complaint that he was outside his parent's home waving a gun around. Officers found a .38 caliber handgun in his possession, the police report said.
Purchased gun at Woodbury store
The investigation revealed Ledesma, a convicted felon, purchased a .38 handgun at a Woodbury sporting goods store four days before the shooting. He has been serving a five-year sentence in a Minnesota prison on a felony conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon.
Last month he was sentenced to six years in prison on probation violation in Hudson. Those sentences will be served concurrent with the 35-year homicide conviction.
- Hank Long contributed to this report