Minnesota Man Sentenced For 5 Violent Carjackings Over 5 Months
Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - A man responsible for a number of violent carjackings that occurred in the Twin Cities is headed to federal prison for more than 15 years.
A news release from the US Attorney for Minnesota says 25-year-old Jeremiah Ironrope has also been ordered to pay nearly $50,000 in restitution for the string of carjackings in the summer of 2020. The Minneapolis man was arrested in late August of that year and later entered guilty pleas to federal charges of carjacking and using a firearm in a crime of violence.
The charges were connected to the theft of a 2017 Audi by a man who sped off in the car after threatening the driver with a sawed-off shotgun. According to the news release, the State Patrol was able to use GPS data to track the stolen car the following day, which led to a high-speed chase that ended when the stolen vehicle was located in Minneapolis.
As part of his guilty plea, Ironrope admitted to four other carjackings in the Twin Cities that same summer. In all five cases, the victims were either physically assaulted or threatened with guns before their vehicles were stolen.
Federal prosecutors say an accomplice in all five carjackings, 26-year-old Krisanne Benjamin as admitted to a charge of aiding and abetting carjacking.