The man, namely Emmanuel Aranda, 24, has pleaded guilty to attempted premeditated first-degree murder after throwing a 5-year-old boy from a balcony at Mall of America in Minneapolis in April.
As part of a plea agreement, the suspect admitted his guilt on Tuesday, May 14, in the planned attack, which left the child injured and hospitalized.
In exchange, prosecutors agreed not to pursue aggravated circumstances component to the charge. It could have meant Emmanuel an additional year in prison.
According to prosecutor Cheri Ann Townsend, the family of the boy supported the plea deal.
Emmanuel told investigators that on April 12, he went to the mall "looking for someone to kill" and randomly chose the boy.
The child was thrown from nearly 40 feet high after he was thrown from a third-floor balcony. The 5-year-old had multiple broken bones and suffered head trauma.
The family of the child released a statement in April in which they said "prayers are working," as the boy continued to recover after being survived from the fall.
Emmanuel says he was angry at the mall after being rejected by women in the past. This "caused him to lash out and be aggressive."
The suspect faces 19 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 3.
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