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Two men have been handed life sentences without the possibility of parole for their role in the kidnapping and murder of a real estate agent.
Last June, a Minneapolis jury found Cedric Berry, 42, and Berry Davis, 42, guilty of the murder of Monique Baugh, 28, according to Minneapolis’s Fox 9.
“I didn’t think I’d be convicted of this,” Davis said in court last Monday, according to Fox 9. “If y’all watching the same show as me, didn’t prove me wrong.”
On New Year’s Eve of 2019, the men lured Baugh to a fake house showing and then abducted her. Her body was found in an alleyway in Minneapolis.
A medical examiner determined Monique was shot at point-blank range, twice in the torso and once in the face, according to St. Paul’s ABC 5. Her wrists were also bound by duct tape.
“On December 30, 2019, I said good night and I love you to my daughter, Monique Baugh, for the last time,” said Baugh’s mother, Wanda Williams Baugh, during a victim impact statement, according to Minnesota’s CBS 4.
Prosecutors say Berry stole Baugh’s keys and used them to enter the home she shared with her boyfriend, a rapper named Jon Mitchell-Momoh, 29, according to the Associated Press. He then shot Mitchell-Momoh in front of the children he shared with Baugh. Mitchell-Momoh survived the shooting.
“They have to take my word for it because she’s not here to tell them herself, and I know she would tell them every single day,” Williams Baugh continued in the courtroom. “Both of her girls, they say good night to her, too, and they kiss and hug her picture.”
Investigators say Momoh was shot less than an hour before Monique’s murder. Mitchell-Momoh told authorities the motive for the killing could have been cash he'd been flaunting on social media or possibly because of a rumor that he’d been a police informant.
“I’d just like to say sorry, something I thought I’d never say,” said Cedric Berry at sentencing, according to Fox 9. “Yet here I sit, a condemned man, sitting in the same seat as Derek Chauvin, and I am about to get life without parole for a few fingerprints that said they were mine and some cell phones, and I’m considered a monster in the system.”
When authorities searched Berry’s car upon his arrest, they found two walkie-talkies, a black ski mask, duct tape, and heroin, according to the Associated Press.
As previously reported, two other suspects, Elsa Wiggins and Lyndon Wiggins were charged with aiding and abetting the crimes of first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping, and first-degree felony murder while committing kidnapping.
Elsa Segura was accused of setting up the fake house showing.
A fifth suspect, Shante Davis, was charged with being an accomplice after the fact.
Baugh's mother is grateful that Berry and Davis were sentenced.
“They will spend the rest of their lives in jail,” said Williams Baugh. “And they won’t have an opportunity to do this to anyone else’s mother, or loved ones ever again.”
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