Father Pleads Guilty in Fatal Shooting of 12-Year-Old Boy in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – The father of an 18-year-old man who was convicted of fatally shooting a 12-year-old boy in Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to his role in the crime. Letterance Grady, 42, admitted his involvement in the death of London Bean, who was shot during a dispute in the Sumner-Glenwood neighborhood on September 8, 2021.

Grady pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding an offender by being an accomplice after the fact and by harboring or concealing to avoid arrest. Prosecutors accused Grady of driving his son, Jeremiah Grady, to and from the shooting scene. Court records indicate that Jeremiah arrived at a residence and fired shots at Bean as the 12-year-old was involved in a fight with his younger brother.

Initially, Grady denied his involvement, but surveillance videos and his son’s claims revealed his role in the crime. Prosecutors charged Grady with multiple felonies, including aiding and abetting second-degree murder, aiding and abetting attempted second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Grady’s trial was set to begin on January 2, 2024, but he submitted a change of plea just days before. His sentencing is scheduled for February 5, and he could face up to 10 years behind bars under the terms of the plea agreement. Meanwhile, Jeremiah was sentenced to 367 months for second-degree murder and 183 months for attempted second-degree murder in the deadly shooting of Bean.

The guilty plea from Grady brings a level of closure to the tragic shooting that rocked the Sumner-Glenwood neighborhood. It also serves as a reminder of the impact that senseless violence has on communities, as Bean’s young life was cut short in the crossfire of a dispute. The Grady family’s involvement in the crime sheds light on the complex dynamics that can lead to tragic outcomes, leaving lasting scars on all those involved.