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Life sentence for man who shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, left her body in Lakeville parking lot

Jurors have convicted a 33-year-old man of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and leaving her body in a Lakeville parking lot.

The sentencing of Atravius ​​J. Weeks, of Richfield, in Dakota County District Court on Tuesday was immediately followed by Judge Jamie Cork who sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Weeks was convicted of first and second degree murder in connection with the June 2021 shooting of Cortney G. Henry, 29, of St. Paul.

“I want to thank the jury for their verdicts ensuring that Mr. Weeks will be held accountable for his heinous act,” County Attorney Kathy Keena said in a statement released after the sentencing. “My deepest sympathy goes out to Mrs. Henry’s family and friends for their great loss.”

According to the complaint:

Police were called at around 1:15 a.m. on June 22, 2021 to an apartment building in Belle Plaine where Weeks allegedly pounded on the walls outside the building.

Police found Weeks’ car, but he fled on foot. Officers saw “a significant amount of blood” in the car and a bullet casing in the front passenger seat.

A trail of blood led police to the back entrance of the flat, where it appeared Weeks had tried to force his way inside before fleeing.

It is not known where Weeks met Henry.

Officers contacted Weeks by phone, and he agreed to return to the apartment parking lot, where he dropped a handgun and complied with orders.

At the time, Weeks reportedly told police, “I just killed my best friend.” He admitted to killing Henry about an hour earlier and told police his body was in a Lakeville daycare parking lot. Police later recovered Henry’s body along with nine shell casings nearby.

Minnesota court records show Weeks also has two first-degree robbery and third-degree assault convictions.