Wisconsin fatal mall shooting; Dezman Ellis sentenced to 40 years

A man convicted in a fatal shooting at a suburban Appleton mall was sentenced on Tuesday, Feb. 1 to 40 years in prison.

The Outagamie County sentencing comes a year after 18-year-old Dezman Ellis shot and killed Jovanni Frausto during a dispute about a girlfriend at the Fox River Mall's food court. A bystander, Colt Lemmers, was injured. Ellis fled the mall in a car with friends and was arrested days later in Iowa.

The 19-year-old Frausto suffered a wound to his chest and an exit wound through the back. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be two gunshot wounds.

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In an agreement with prosecutors, Ellis earlier entered no contest pleas to second-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless endangering safety.

He was initially charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Frausto's death, a charge that carries a life sentence.

The shooting on Jan. 31, 2021 drew dozens of law enforcement officers to the mall, some who led shoppers to safety.


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