On Tuesday, a judge in St. Paul gave a 28-year-old man a three-year jail term for shooting his ex-girlfriend and her ex-husband last year, seriously wounding both of them in their apartment.
Maxwell Allan Gardner, who lives in St. Paul, is charged with two counts of attempted murder after he allegedly broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend, pointed a revolver at them while they were sleeping, and fired twice.
The two attempted murder counts against Gardner were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea to a lesser charge of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon in September.
When Gardner was sentenced by Ramsey County District Judge Leonardo Castro, he faced up to seven years in jail for the assault conviction. The 471 days Gardner had previously spent in jail were taken into account.
St. Paul police officers were sent to an apartment building in the 1200 block of Westminster Street in the Payne-Phalen area at 10:30 a.m. on August 7, 2021, following a report of gunfire.
The criminal complaint states that an injured guy was found outside the premises. His ex-wife, he told investigators, was also in the apartment when shots were fired.
When the police arrived, the guy said that Gardner had broken down the door and opened fire. After receiving treatment for their gunshot wounds, the victims were taken to the hospital.
Authorities determined the couple had been married for roughly a year before the shooting. Gardner had been residing in the flat with the lady throughout their relationship.
On August 6, Gardner packed up his possessions and walked out; the woman’s ex-husband soon followed.
On the evening of August 7, when the couple slept in the bedroom, the guy heard the front door being kicked in. He informed the authorities that as he sat up in bed, Gardner was there in the doorway, revolver drawn. He responded, “I’m going to murder you both today,” and started shooting, the criminal complaint claims.
Both the male and female were shot twice.
The lady told police she assumed Gardner must have “cracked over jealousy,” as the complaint alleges.