Apparently forgetting to wish someone a happy birthday can have nearly fatal consequences.
A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to nearly 28 years in prison for shooting up a birthday party, wounding three people, because partygoers didn’t sing “Happy Birthday” to his girlfriend, reports the New York Daily News.
Delonte Thomas, 20, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 333 months, or 27 and 1/4 years, in prison for the violent offense.
Strangely enough, Thomas described himself as a “peacemaker” and claimed he had no recollection of the shooting.
“Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody deserves a second chance,” he said.
“I’m the peacemaker, I’m the one to try my best to make it through a situation. I don’t recall having a gun. I don’t recall shooting (anybody). I just hope to get some type of mercy here.”
The attack happened in July 2014 after Thomas brought his girlfriend to a backyard birthday party, according to the Daily News. He reportedly instigated a fight with fellow partygoers after they sang “Happy Birthday” to the guest of honor, but not to his girlfriend whose birthday was the same day.
Thomas allegedly left the party only to return 20 minutes later with a semi-automatic handgun and fired shots around 1:30 a.m. One woman, who objected to the group singing to his girlfriend, was singled out and shot nine times. The other two victims suffered eight gunshot wounds each. All three underwent surgery and recovered from their injuries.
Source: Centric TV