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Dave Olson, Published January 09 2009

Mayhorn sentenced to 29 years for 2003 Moorhead murder

MOORHEAD - A 30-year-old Chicago man was sentenced to nearly 29 years in prison Friday after he admitted to his role in a drug-related murder in Moorhead in 2003.

Troy Demetrius Mayhorn told Clay County District Court Judge Michael Kirk that he drove the getaway car and supplied the handgun that was used to shoot Nasean Jordan nine times in a Moorhead apartment in August 2003.

Mayhorn said Jordan, a friend he once considered to be as close as a brother, had stolen about a pound of marijuana from him and he was angry about it.

With good behavior in prison, Mayhorn could be free after serving 19 years.

The sentence will be served in Minnesota concurrent with a 20-year sentence Mayhorn received after he pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree murder involving a crime that occurred in Cook County Illinois.

In the Moorhead case, Mayhorn was originally sentenced to life in prison in May 2004 after a Clay County jury found him guilty of aiding and abet-ting first-degree murder.

The Minnesota Supreme Court overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial.

Read Saturday’s Forum for more details.