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Iowa man supporting Donald Trump at Des Moines rally who shot black girl gets “generous” plea deal

DES MOINES – An Iowa man charged with attempted murder after shooting a teen girl at the Iowa capitol in his support of Donald Trump has received a “generous” plea deal after the incident.

On Sunday, December 6, at approximately 2:55 p.m., the Iowa State Patrol, the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Des Moines Police Department were dispatched to a State Capitol Complex parking lot near the Lucas State Office Building on a report of shots fired.

A confrontation occurred between a gathering of people – reportedly participating in a rally to support Donald Trump – leading to a minor female victim (15 years of age) suffering a gunshot wound. Per the complaint and affidavit, 25-year-old Michael McKinney of St. Charles, Iowa, intentionally fired a handgun at a vehicle driving through the parking lot of the Lucas State Office Building which resulted in the victim suffering her injuries. The female victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The complaint states, “Michael McKinney intentionally fired a handgun at J.H. while she was riding in a vehicle traveling through the parking lot of the Lucas State Office building. J.H. suffered a gunshot wound and was admitted to a hospital. When questioned McKinney admitted to being responsible for the shooting and turned over his firearm to law enforcement.”

McKinney was arrested and charged with attempted murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon – injure/provoke fear (class c felony), willful injury – causing serious injury (class c felony), assault while participating in a felony, reckless use of firearm and going armed with intent.

In what has been reported as a “generous” plea deal as described by prosecutors, McKinney has entered a guilty plea to only intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury, both felonies. He now awaits sentencing on August 9.

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