Guilty plea entered in fatal Winona shooting case

Published 9:39 am Friday, July 15, 2016

WINONA — One of the people charged in a fatal shooting in Winona last October has pleaded guilty to felony charges, avoiding a trial that was to start next week.

Reginald Burnett Jr. entered the guilty plea Thursday to aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree assault. The 19-year-old has agreed to testify against the man accused of fatally shooting Adam Fort. Winona Daily News says prosecutors agreed to recommend a prison sentence of nearly 22 years.

Burnett said his girlfriend drove him, the accused shooter and another man to Fort’s apartment in Winona to buy drugs. He testified that he stood by while Lonnie Hudson shot Fort. Hudson is in jail on $5 million bond. No trial date has been set.

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Burnett was ordered held without bond pending sentencing in October.