U student and recent graduate sentenced to workhouse

by Andy Mannix

A University student and a recent graduate were sentenced last Wednesday to two months in the Hennepin County Workhouse.

They were convicted for providing alcohol to a minor who later fell from a parking ramp and died in April 2007, according to a statement released by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Michael McCullough , 21, and Brandon Overlie , 22, were charged in the death of first-year student Kyle Sharbonno , who played beer pong just hours before his death at a party McCullough hosted.

Overlie, who was McCullough’s housemate, supplied the party with multiple beer kegs, but was not at the party, according to the criminal complaint.

McCullough and Overlie will also spend the six months following their time at the workhouse on electronic home monitoring, serve two years probation and then complete 80 hours of community service.

In addition to their legal sentence, the University is also taking disciplinary action.

Overlie, a recent graduate, will not receive his degree until he completes 40 hours of community service, which he will begin this week, he said.

McCullough could not be reached for comment, but Overlie said the University gave McCullough a harsher sentence, due to prior offenses.

“I’m just kind of ready for it to be over so I can get on with my life,” Overlie said.

Four men arrested with replica handguns

Four men were arrested early Saturday morning outside Max Computer , near the corner of 27th and University avenues, after University police officers discovered two replica handguns in their car, according to the police report.

University police approached the men after spotting them in a car parked outside the closed business at around 1 a.m.

After identifying the men, University police discovered the driver, Mustafa Hassan Dahir , 20, had a suspended license. Dahir also had no proof of insurance, according to the report.

A search of the car, before it was towed, led University police to find the two replica handguns.

All four men were brought to Hennepin County Jail for lurking with the intent to commit a crime, according to the report.

Thomas Tran , lead technician at Max Computer, said no one was working during the time the arrests took place.

No University police with knowledge of the incident were available to comment.