De’Voncea Lashoun Griffo, Davion Lazarick Gaines, Abdullah Arif : St. Paul Man Sentenced to 3.8 Years for Illegal Firearm Possession in Maplewood Shooting

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : St. Paul Man Sentenced to 3.8 Years in Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession

A St. Paul man involved in a Maplewood shooting in 2022 has been sentenced to 3.8 years in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, according to U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger.

The incident took place on March 7, 2023, when St. Paul police officers were searching for De’Voncea Lashoun Griffo, 25, who was a suspect in an ongoing investigation. Surveillance of the apartment building where Griffo resided led the officers to observe him leaving the premises with a cross-body bag slung across his chest. He then drove off in a Chevrolet Equinox and parked at a thrift store lot. The officers promptly activated their emergency lights and conducted a felony stop.

Before the officers approached the vehicle, Griffo allegedly removed the bag and concealed it behind the center console of the car. Following his arrest, a search warrant was obtained, and the bag was recovered. Inside, authorities discovered a .45-caliber Glock pistol with an extended magazine containing 23 rounds of ammunition. The firearm was modified with an auto sear, also known as a switch, which can convert a semiautomatic firearm into a fully automatic one.

Due to Griffo’s prior felony convictions, he was legally prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. As a result, on July 18, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm as a felon in U.S. District Court.

Griffo was one of three individuals charged in connection with a drive-by shooting in Maplewood that occurred in June 2022. Davion Lazarick Gaines, 21, from Minneapolis, was sentenced in August to three years in prison for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon related to the incident. Nearly 40 shots were fired outside two Maplewood apartment buildings on Clarence Street North. Griffo, along with Elias-Kareem Hany Aly, 22, from St. Paul, was also charged in connection with the shooting.

Additionally, Griffo and Aly faced charges in the February 16 shooting death of a tobacco store worker on St. Paul’s West Side. Griffo was accused of aiding Aly, who allegedly fired a single shot that killed the 48-year-old worker, Abdullah Arif from Stillwater. The current status of those charges against Griffo remains unclear.

A hearing is scheduled for Aly in February, concerning both Arif’s death and the Maplewood drive-by shooting.

In conclusion, De’Voncea Lashoun Griffo has been sentenced to 3.8 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm as a felon. This case is part of a broader investigation into a drive-by shooting incident in Maplewood and the shooting death of a tobacco store worker in St. Paul. The legal proceedings against Griffo’s co-defendants are ongoing, and further updates are expected in the future.

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