Emmanuel Aranda Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison for Tossing 5-Year-Old Boy Off Mall of America Balcony

Emmanuel Aranda, the man who threw a 5-year-old boy over a Mall of America balcony, listens as Judge Jeannice Reding handed out a 19-year sentence at the Hennepin County Government Center, Monday in Minneapolis. Elizabeth Flores | Star Tribune

The heartless Minnesota man who lobbed a 5-year-old from a third-story Mall of America balcony because he was upset over women rejecting him will spend 19 years in prison for the heinous act, a judge ruled Monday.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, pleaded guilty to attempted murder in May following the April 12 attack, in which he threw young Landen Hoffmann 40 feet from a balcony.

Aranda showed little emotion as Hennepin County District Judge Jeannice Reding handed down the sentence. When asked if he wanted to say anything, he simply responded, “No.”

“Your act was evil and selfish, you chose to listen to the worst parts of yourself that day,” the boy’s father said in a statement read by prosecutors ahead of the sentencing.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Max Jaeger

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