Photo by Ben Hovland, used with permission.

Myon Burrell is free


Photo by Ben Hovland, used with permission.
Photo by Ben Hovland, used with permission.

Tuesday, December 15th 2020 was an HISTORIC day for racial justice in Minnesota.

From the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder...

"Myon Burrell 34, who has spent the last 18 years of his life for a crime he insists he did not commit, may be home as soon as Tuesday night. The Minnesota Board of Pardons Tuesday voted unanimously to commute his life sentence to 20 years. Since he has already served 18 years, he will serve the remainder of his sentence on supervised release."

“It was powerful and refreshing to hear that the panel of prominent legal experts who
undertook extensive review of Myon Burrell’s case echoed calls from Myon’s family and the
community for his immediate release,” said Nekima Levy Armstrong, who along with her
Racial Justice Network organization has worked to bring attention to this case."

Many activists from Minnesota, and around the nation, have been working together to fight for Myon's freedom for years. Efforts lead by Myon's sister Ianna, have gained national attention and support through social media campaigns, rallies, and community gatherings to raise awareness about Myon's innocence.


More information on Myon's story, along with ways to support and continue the fight, can be found here: website

Myon will need our support as a community. Here is the link to his GoFundMe:

Burrell Case – County Attorney requests Justice Department review

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Lacey Severins, Media Coordinator




March 9, 2020


County Attorney Requests Justice Department Burrell Review

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar to request the U.S. Department of Justice undertake the review of the Myon Burrell conviction in the murder of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

In response to a letter Sen. Klobuchar sent to the office Mar. 5, Freeman noted that only the Department of Justice would have the resources to independently review a case that includes 30,000 pages of documents plus videotaped evidence.

Freeman also stressed in his letter that not only would his office cooperate with any review by the DOJ but his office would continue the most recent internal review of the case which began about seven months ago. That has included several meetings with Mr. Burrell’s new attorney and an agreement to review additional information which he provided.

In the letter, Freeman also mentioned that there are Minnesota Supreme Court opinions and a district court order which both detail the evidence and testimony in the two trials in which Mr. Burrell was found guilty. Those filings provide a full picture of why he was found guilty and why, ultimately, his conviction was upheld.                                                  

Look for more news on the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office website.