The Rochester man charged in connection to a shooting at a fast food restaurant last fall was sentenced Wednesday to five years in state prison.
George Earl Oliver, 29, was sentenced in Olmsted County District Court by Judge Joseph Chase to 60 months in state prison. Oliver will receive credit for 247 days already served.
He pleaded guilty in January to felony possession of ammo/any firearm-conviction or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence.
A second man, Luke Benson Giwa, 21, was charged with two felony counts of aiding and abetting second-degree assault. Judge Lisa Hayne set unconditional bail at $150,000 and conditional bail at $75,000 in November 2019. Court records indicate Giwa posted non-cash bond on Dec. 9. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 30.
Police said Oliver was involved in an Oct. 23 incident at Kentucky Fried Chicken, 717 12th St. SE. Two 16-year-old males were injured. According to police, a teenager and his friend were at the fast food restaurant getting food and were sitting in a car when someone appeared at the window of the car and started shooting. One of the teenagers was shot in the leg and the other suffered a graze wound.
Police later learned that one of the injured teenagers had been involved in a fight with the alleged shooter at a gathering at China Hall on Sept. 28, according to court documents. The teen reportedly "beat the s--- out of" Giwa, the complaint states.
Oliver was working security at China Hall the night of the fight, which court records indicate was part of a larger "riot incident." Oliver told police that he was jumped by unknown males.