Former Eastview star athlete charged in double homicide in Minneapolis

Police report: Mistaken identity leads to shooting by Farmington man, former Eastview student

Former star athlete at Eastview High School Dijon Cordell Sanders, 22, who lives in Farmington, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in Minneapolis last week in connection with the deaths of two men in South Minneapolis last summer.

Sanders was a senior at Eastview High School in 2009 when he was an all-state offensive lineman. He signed a letter of intent to play football for North Dakota State. He also had 58 career wins for the Eastview wrestling team.

De’Von L. Burt, 18, and Keondray Q. Wilson, 20, were shot and killed while sitting in a car in the alley between 18th Avenue South and Cedar Avenue South in Minneapolis on Aug. 25.

According to the police report, witnesses heard gunshots and saw two men running through the alley of the 2600 block of 18th Avenue South at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 25. One of the male descriptions matched that of Sanders.

Sanders was also charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder as two women in the car were hit by bullets. They were treated at a local hospital and survived while the two men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The surviving passengers said the four of them had gone shopping and ate dinner in Uptown and had pulled into the alley when the two men approached the car and fired 33 shots — 14 from a .40 caliber firearm and 19 from a 9 mm firearm. They later identified Sanders in photographs, according to the report.

Another witness brought officers photographs of individuals they believed to be involved. The witness learned that Sanders went to that block with the intent to shoot another individual, who had previously been shot at. A casing from that scene matched the 9 mm casing recovered from the alley scene.

The other individual is still at large.

Sanders is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 2. He is being held on $5 million bail. The maximum penalty for the charges is 120 years.

Sanders, then an Apple Valley resident, was convicted of disorderly conduct in 2009 and felony robbery in 2010.

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