Emmanuel Aranda, 24, pled guilty Tuesday to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in April 12 attack on Landen Hoffman in Bloomington Minnesota
Aranda, 24, faces 19 years in prison after telling police he went there ‘looking for someone to kill’ when he threw five-year-old Hoffman from a third floor balcony at Mall of America, on Apr 12
Hoffman suffered head trauma and broken bones in the fall, but survived – His family said he is alert
Aranda told police he was angry at being rejected by women at the mall and was ‘looking for someone to kill’ when he went there
His mother told reporters her son suffers from mental health problems and does not belong in prison
Becky Aranda said in an interview that a few days before attack, Emmanuel showed up at his sister’s home looking ‘like a zombie’ and punched her
Emmanuel Aranda, 24 [photo], pled guilty on Tuesday to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April 12 mall attack on five-year-old Landen Hoffman
A Minneapolis man pled guilty this morning to throwing five-year-old Landen Hoffman from a third-floor balcony at Mall of America last month and faces 19 years in prison. Emmanuel Aranda on Tuesday accepted responsibility for attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April 12 attack that left Landen with head trauma and multiple broken bones but survived. Aranda, 24, will be sentenced on June 3. His plea deal calls for prosecutors to drop an aggravated-circumstances component to the charge that could have meant an additional year in prison. Prosecutor Cheri Ann Townsend said the Hoffman family supports the plea agreement.