Felony charge lands 74-month prison sentence

Published 11:11 am Friday, June 17, 2011

An Austin man involved in a March shooting, which left one man injured, was sentenced Thursday in Mower County Court to 74 months in prison at Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud.


Kevin Michael Lyke, 20, was convicted of aiding and abetting first-degree assault. Two other felony charges — aiding and abetting first-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated robbery — were dismissed when Lyke pleaded guilty to the assault charge.

The incident happened Monday, March 28, around 7:15 p.m. at 200 First St. SE. According to a court complaint, the victim heard a knock on his apartment door and found a man believed to be Mongong Kual Maniang Deng, 22, standing in the hall with a 12-gauge shotgun. Deng allegedly pointed the gun at the man’s head and demanded money and “everything that was there.”

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The victim’s two children — ages 5 and 7 — witnessed the robbery. The man told police he was afraid the suspect would shoot one of the children, so he grabbed the gun and a struggle ensued. Deng allegedly told the man, “Friend, give me your money, otherwise you’re dead.”

The man told his children to run to the basement, at which point Deng allegedly pointed the gun at the victim’s stomach. At some point the gun was fired, hitting the man in the upper leg area. The court report also states one of the man’s fingertips was shot off.

According to court documents, Lyke agreed to give Deng a ride to the location. Ojulu Obang Onyongo, 20, told police he agreed to go with after the two men offered him a cigarette.

After dropping off Deng, Onyongo got out of the car and began walking in the opposite direction, he told officers. He said he walked back to the old Downtown Motel, but Lyke and Deng didn’t return until almost 8:30 p.m.

Lyke and Onyongo were arrested the day after the shooting at the old Downtown Motel. Lyke will be given 79 days credit toward his 74-month sentence for his time in Mower County jail. Deng was arrested Wednesday, March 30, in Rochester.