Minneapolis woman sentenced for role in Spree carjacking

Minneapolis (KROC-AM News) – A Minneapolis woman has been sentenced to 100 months in prison for her role in a series of violent carjackings in the Twin Cities.

Krisanne Benjamin, 25, was sentenced to 100 months in prison, followed by two years of probation, and ordered to pay $13,323.53 in restitution, according to the Justice Department.

Court documents show that on August 28, 2020, Benjamin and Jeremiah Ironrope, 25, drove a brown SUV to a parking lot in Richfield, where they parked near a 2017 Audi. Ironrope approached the driver of the ‘Audi and pointed a 12 gauge shotgun, with a sawed off barrel, at the driver and demanded the keys to the car. Benjamin watched from the brown SUV as Ironrope started the Audi and drove away. Benjamin then followed him in the brown SUV.

According to court documents, in the early hours of the next morning, Minnesota State Patrol located the stolen Audi, which was driven by Ironrope and occupied by Benjamin. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Ironrope drove off at high speed. During the chase, Benjamin exited the vehicle and fled on foot as Ironrope continued to flee in the Audi.

The vehicle was eventually found running and unoccupied in Minneapolis. Documents indicate the vehicle was partially spray painted and officers found a stolen wallet, spray paint bottles, hat, gloves and receipts in the vehicle. Police also found a used 12-gauge shotgun shell under the driver’s seat.

Records show Benjamin pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking on September 7, 2021. On September 9, 2021, Ironrope pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking and one count of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in connection with a crime of violence. He is expected to be sentenced on April 7, 2022.

As part of their guilty plea, Ironrope and Benjamin admitted to two additional carjackings that occurred on July 26, 2020 in Maple Grove and August 7, 2020 in St. Paul. In both cases, the defendants physically assaulted the victims before stealing their vehicles. Ironrope also admitted to two carjackings in December 2020 in St. Louis Park and St. Paul. In both cases, Ironrope pointed a handgun at the victims before stealing their vehicles.

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