American Experiment’s Criminal Injustice Tracker

Minnesotans consistently rank fear of crime as their #1 concern for state and local leaders. Studies consistently show a small number of violent criminals are responsible for most crimes committed.

American Experiment’s Criminal Injustice Tracker below highlights the public instances where a suspected violent criminal has been inexplicably released from jail potentially putting the entire community at risk.


February 2022 – 10-time felon, Leon Kismit Bell, is wanted for allegedly holding a gun to a woman’s stomach at a Rosedale mall carjacking. His most recent felony conviction sentence was stayed by Judge Shawn M. Moynihan of Dakota County in September of 2021. A Ramsey County warrant is out for his arrest.

“If you see Bell please call 911 immediately and report it to your local law enforcement. A Ramsey County warrant has been issued for Bell. If you believe you have seen Bell in the past few weeks please message us. Use caution. Do not approach him.”

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher

September 2021 – Leon Kismit Bell, who has at least 21 convictions since 1998, was convicted of felony theft and sentenced to 21 months in prison after he and an accomplice stole “full carts” worth of items from an Apple Valley Menards. Despite Bell’s lengthy record,  Judge Shawn M. Moynihan stayed his sentence and placed him on 5 years probation in September 2021. Bell went on to violate his probation in March 2022.

February 22, 2022 – A 15-year-old boy with “an extensive and violent criminal history” is under arrest for the random, fatal shooting of 34-year-old Julia (Yuliya) Li. She was found shot in her car in St. Paul and was taken to Regions Hospital where she later died. The teen is currently being held in Hennepin County Jail and has been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes he committed in St. Paul, according to police. The Ramsey County Attorney’s office filed a motion to have the teen certified to stand trial as an adult.

“Sadly, this is yet another example of how our system has failed to put victims first, failed to help a young person going down a dangerous and destructive path, and failed our entire community.”

-St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell

February 16, 2022 – After raping a 13-year-old girl he met at a Lakeville park, 18-year-old Brandon Corbett was given 10-year probation by Judge Jamie Cork. If the probation requirements are completed, his case will be discharged and the conviction deemed a misdemeanor, NOT a felony. Said Cork to Corbett, “You are a young man, so you can overcome this. You just need to do the work.” No victim impact statement was read in court.

January 3, 2022 – 18-year old Shevirio Kavirion Childs-Young, who has a “lengthy juvenile delinquency history involving assault and weapons offenses” was temporarily released from jail by Judge Regina Chu to attend a funeral. Despite Chu’s order to “report back” following the service, the juvenile declined to return. He had been charged in December with assaulting a police officer and illegally possessing a firearm. Childs-Young was captured by a police task force on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022. As WCCO reports:

After a month-long search, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says members of its Violent Offender Task Force captured Shevirio Kavirion Childs-Young outside of a Brooklyn Center strip mall, with deputies having to box in and pin his car against a building when he tried to flee.

January 15, 2022 – James Allen Hage stole two U-Haul vehicles using an after-hours key drop box in Coon Rapids. He later came back and rented a vehicle — which he never returned — with a fraudulent credit card. This “lifelong offender” with “53 convictions stretching back to the age of 18” was conditionally released with zero bail, allowed to post a $10,000 bond the day of his arrest, and was released that same day without going before a judge.

January 12, 2022 – According to police reports, Coates was following a woman when she came to a Minneapolis Fire Station 8 asking for help. Coates ignored firefighters’ command to leave and then tried to run a firefighter over with his car, crashed into the station, then tried to “Square up” with an officer before being tackled to the ground. He was released from custody with zero bail by Judge Regina Chu.

June 2, 2021 – While on probation for a February 2021 felony conviction, Jackson Bruce Norby of Minnetonka robbed a Minneapolis convenience store via threats of explosives and chemical irritants. Norby was conditionally released by Judge Carolina A. Lamas with zero bail.

August 11, 2020 – After firing at a moving car in St. Paul with two women inside, Daezon Jaheem Burt’s three-year prison sentence was stayed and he was placed on probation. A second assault charge and a charge for fleeing police were both dismissed by Judge George Stephenson.

May 28, 2020 – After setting fire to a Minneapolis pawn shop during the George Floyd riots, Lee received a 10-year prison sentence (nearly half the time allotted by sentencing guidelines) from Judge Wilhelmina Wright. He received no charges for the death by burning of Oscar Lee Stewart, Jr., who was inside the pawnshop during the arson.


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