Two men have been jailed for life by the Hennepin County court for the kidnapping of a Minneapolis realtor, torturing her for information about her partner and father of her two children, then shooting her dead
Cedric Berry and Berry Davis, both 42, were sentenced Monday for their involvement in the Dec. 31, 2019 kidnapping and murder of mother-of-two Monique Baugh, 28
Prosecutors said the pair held the realtor after she was lured to a bogus house viewing by a county probation officer who used her privileged access to people’s private information to lure her to the abduction site
Former county probation officer Elsa Segura, 29, who prosecutors say was romantically involved with Wiggins, allegedly lured Monique Baugh to her death by setting up the phony house viewing
The kidnappers questioned Baugh on the whereabouts of her rapper boyfriend Jon Mitchell-Momoh, aka Momoh
Berry is then believed to have used Baugh’s keys to enter the home Momoh and Baugh shared with their daughters aged 3 and 1, to shoot him multiple times
Momoh survived, and is believed to have been the target of the plot after he was accused by rapper and former label mate, Lyndon Wiggins, aka Lyndon Swarn, 36, of snitching on his drug dealing
Berry was jailed 13 years for his kidnapping conviction, 20 for attempted murder and life without parole for murder
Davis received 13 years for kidnapping, 20 for attempted murder and life without parole for murder
Wiggins of Minneapolis and Segura each face charges each of aiding and abetting premeditated first-degree murder, attempted premeditated first-degree murder, kidnapping, and first-degree felony murder while committing kidnapping
Shante Davis is charged with being an accomplice after the fact
Wiggins, Segura and Shante Davis are still awaiting trial.
Two men have been sentenced to life in prison without parole for kidnapping a Minneapolis realtor on Dec. 31, 2019, torturing her in the back of a U-Haul truck while trying to find her rapper boyfriend, and then shooting her dead.
Cedric Berry and Berry Davis, both 42, were convicted for their involvement in an elaborate New Years Eve plot in which they lured realtor and mother-of -wo Monique Baugh, 28, to a phony home showing in a Minneapolis suburb.
The pair who are related by marriage – Cedric Berry is married to Berry Davis’ sister, Shante Davis – then abducted her in a U-Haul truck and tortured her for three hours while they sought information about the whereabouts of her rapper boyfriend Jon Mitchell-Momoh, known by his stage name Momoh.
They then shot her in the head, heart and spine before dumping her in an alley.
Momoh, who had been accused of snitching on a former business associate, was later shot multiple times but survived, the Minnesota Star Tribune reported.
Baugh was found gravely injured, and later died in a hospital.
Prosecutors said the two held Baugh for three hours as they questioned her on the whereabouts of her boyfriend, and she suffered scratches, a chipped tooth, bruises and some of her acrylic fingernails were ripped off, the Tribune reports.
After Baugh’s kidnapping, Berry is believed to have used her keys to enter the home where she and Momoh lived with their two daughters, aged 3 and 1, and shot him multiple times, wounding him.
Prosecutors said a former record label associate of Mitchell-Momoh’s, Lyndon Wiggins, may have helped organize the killing, believing that Mitchell-Momoh had ‘snitched’ on him for drug dealing.
Momoh would later recover and testified at Davis and Berry’s trial.
Wiggins and Mitchell-Momoh rapped under the same music label. He said that Wiggins had accused him of stealing music after he left their record label. Wiggins has been charged for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder
Prosecutors said the two held Baugh for three hours as they questioned her on the whereabouts of her boyfriend. Jon
Mitchell-Momoh, who goes by the stage name Momoh, was believed to have been the target of the kidnapping and killing after a falling out with an associate, Lyndon Wiggins. The latter’s girlfriend, Elsa Segura , a former Hennepin County probation officer, allegedly set up the 2019 murder of Monique Baugh.
At the killers’ sentencing, Baugh’s mother Wanda Williams Baugh gave a tearful impact statement and said her daughter had faced evil that night.
‘I can only imagine what was being said to her … how many times she begged for her life,’ she told the court. ‘My baby was so precious. How dare they!’
‘These defendants treated my daughter as if she was less than human,’ she said. ‘My daughter came face-to-face with evil that New Year’s Eve.’
‘Monique loved being a mother,’ Baugh’s mother said. ‘I tell her girls that often.’
She said that her eldest granddaughter began asking difficult questions such as: ‘How is God going to save us if he couldn’t save Mommy?’
‘That’s a question a child should never have to ask,’ she added.
Elsa Segura, 29, who prosecutors say was romantically involved with Wiggins, allegedly lured Baugh to her death by setting up the phony house viewing. She too has been charged for her involvement. Segura used the alias “Lisa Powalski” and a newly purchased phone to lure Baugh to the home showing. The phone has never been found.
Wiggins and Segura also contacted each other via text message and phone call several times leading up to, throughout and after the killing, court documents said.
Berry was arrested within a week of the killing, but Davis fled, and was arrested four months later in Chicago.
Prosecutors also charged Shante Davis, with being an accomplice after the fact.
At their sentencing County District Judge Peter Cahill gave Berry 13 years for his kidnapping conviction, 20 for attempted murder and life without parole for murder, while Davis received 13 years for kidnapping, 20 for attempted murder and life without parole for murder.
Both still maintain their innocence.
‘I didn’t think I’d be convicted of this,’ Davis said during his sentencing. ‘If y’all watching the same show as me, didn’t prove me wrong.’
‘I’d also just like to say sorry, something I thought I’d never say,’ Berry told the court. ‘Yet here I sit, a condemned man, sitting in the same seat as Derek Chauvin and I am about to get life without parole for a few fingerprints that said they were mine and some cell phones, and I’m considered a monster in the system.’
Last year a Hennepin grand jury returned indictments against Elsa Segura a former County probation officer and her ex-boyfriend in the 2019 kidnapping and killing of Baugh.
The pair of Elsa Segura, 29, and Lyndon Wiggins, 36, of Minneapolis face four charges each of aiding and abetting premeditated first-degree murder, aiding and abetting attempted premeditated first-degree murder, aiding and abetting kidnapping, and aiding and abetting first-degree felony murder while committing kidnapping.
Wiggins, Segura and Shante Davis are still awaiting trial.