On Monday, D’Pree Shareef Robinson, a Minnesota man accused of shooting and killing 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith while she played with friends on a trampoline, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
The incident occurred on May 15, 2021, in Minneapolis. Robinson, who is now 20 years old, admitted to committing the crime.
“Trinity was doing what kids should be doing in spring time in Minnesota, playing with friends and having fun outside,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty. “Mr. Robinson’s actions shocked our community and devastated her family and all who loved her.”
In 2021, three children were killed by gunfire within three weeks in the Twin Cities area, and Trinity Ottoson-Smith was one of them. As of now, no arrests have been made in the other two cases.
Police reported that D’Pree Shareef Robinson had targeted a rival gang member when he fired shots at a Minneapolis home in a drive-by shooting, leading to the tragic death of Trinity Ottoson-Smith as she played on a trampoline.
Robinson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday.
Trinity was visiting the house, and she and two friends on the trampoline were “directly between the shooter and the intended targets, who appeared to be three males on the side porch of the residence,” cops said.
Investigators suspected that a man identified only as W.J. was the primary target of the drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of Trinity Ottoson-Smith. However, W.J. did not cooperate with the police.
The suspect, D’Pree Shareef Robinson, and W.J. were both members of rival gangs and had a personal dispute, according to the police.
Prosecutors presented evidence including surveillance video and cellphone data, which showed that Robinson, his car, and his phone were present at the scene of the crime.
In a Facebook conversation, Robinson’s girlfriend told him, “I hope you die for killin that lil girl” and he replied, “I don’t give a f— what we go [through] you don’t ever wanna see me in that cell,” according to police.
Initially, D’Pree Shareef Robinson faced charges of both first-degree and second-degree murder for the death of Trinity Ottoson-Smith. However, he has now pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the agreement, Robinson will receive a prison sentence of 37 years and 6 months. The sentence will be officially imposed on March 21.