Second suspect pleads guilty in Oct. shooting

Elizabeth Cook

The second of two suspects arrested for the October shooting near the Leaning Tower of Pizza restaurant pleaded guilty Tuesday morning.

Saroun Sareth, 24, pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of 25-year-old Edward Rajual Howard Reynolds of Minneapolis on Oct. 16. Investigators said they believe Sareth drove him and another suspect from the scene.

Pete Cahill, a chief deputy attorney for Hennepin County, said Sareth agreed to plead guilty and to serve a nine-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

The suspected gunman who shot Reynolds, Vilaysack Sirimanothay, pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder in April. Sirimanothay agreed to a 12-year prison term and is scheduled to be sentenced July 15.

Police said the incident occurred after the two suspects and Reynolds began arguing inside the restaurant. The men confronted one another three times during the evening, with the third time leading to gunfire.

Cahill said witness accounts and evidence have led investigators to believe Sirimanothay pulled the trigger and Sareth drove the car from the scene. Sareth also told police he was driving the red Camaro tied to the incident.

In Minnesota, people who help others commit crimes are also guilty of the same crime, he said.

“They’re guilty of the same crime, whether they pull the trigger or drive the car,” Cahill said.

Sirimanothay and Sareth are blaming each other for firing the gun and driving the car, but investigators see it differently, Cahill said.

Sareth is scheduled to be sentenced July 13.