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The man who is accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy off of a balcony in the Mall of America has pleaded guilty. He will now face up to 19 years in prison, according to the terms of his plea deal.

On April 12, 24-year-old Emmanuel Aranda entered the Mall of America. He would later tell police that he had gone to the mall to find someone to kill. He would later tell investigators that he was angry because he “had made efforts to talk to women in the Mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out and to be aggressive.”

Initially, he had planned to throw an adult over the balcony, but for some reason decided to attack 5-year-old Landen Hoffmann instead. The boy was with his mother at the time, according to the Star Tribune, standing outside of the Rainforest Cafe restaurant.

Hoffman fell over 40 feet. He suffered significant injuries, but managed to survive. Miraculously, scans found “zero evidence of brain damage” according to an announcement by the family’s pastor.

On Tuesday, Aranda pleaded guilty on one count of attempted first-degree murder. He answered in the affirmative when his attorney during the hearing asked him if he had thrown Hoffman over the balcony “with the intent of killing that child.”

When Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Cheri Townsend asked him to clarify that he “didn’t just drop him, but you threw him over the railing, correct?” Aranda admitted that this was accurate.

This isn’t the first time that Aranda was arrested inside the Mall of America. In 2015, he was ordered by police to not return to the mall for a year after he was caught throwing things from the upper level. He violated this order two weeks later when he returned to panhandle.

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  1. Paula Thomas

    May 15, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Why do these mental unstable people seem to be more and more in the headlines….Is there actually more mentally sick people out there or is there just more reporting or these extreme incidents in the news…. What is happening to our society????

    • Tim Woolsey

      May 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      People use the “mentally unstable” phrase more than it should be. It is an excuse so authorities do not have to admit they have let society down by not teaching moral values like decency, humanity, respect for others, and respect for ones self.


      May 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm


    • Richard Anderson

      May 16, 2019 at 4:51 am

      Back in the day during the infancy of the Reagan Regression, mental hospitals were being defunded and closed down across this nation on the conservative notion that people could and must take care of themselves. That is why we have thousands of mentally ill being ‘treated’ in the criminal justice system.

  2. Linda

    May 15, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Must be a typo. The number of up to 19 years should have been up to 119 years. What a cockroach.

    • K

      May 15, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Totally agree with you Linda!

  3. Gayle

    May 15, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    He should be locked up forever! He is crazy and a danger to society! This is not the first time he tried this. He is insane!

  4. Pj

    May 15, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Aren’t our court system wonderful! NO! 19years is all this lowlife got. Really?

  5. Dr Pepper

    May 15, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Obviously, this lunatic will never fit in to society so he should be categorized as a late abortion and terminated….

  6. Alison

    May 15, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    19 years? Hmmm… Maybe he’ll be thrown over a prison 3rd floor.

  7. Tim Woolsey

    May 15, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Why is this not considered a hate crime? A black man chose a white child to hurt for no reason. Someone explain why this is not a hate crime.

    • Josey

      May 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      Hate crimes can only be committed by white males. Does that answer your question?

    • Pat

      May 15, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      It’s only a hate crime if whites commit a crime against a black! The proof is in the pudding, right?

  8. Nita Kennedy

    May 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    19 years, NO he deserves the death penalty! This is nothing but a hate crime by a no good piece of crap that should be put to death for this crime, racist freaking pig!

  9. Eric Martin

    May 15, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    @tim woosley – You answered your own question brother. Didn’t you know that only whites are racist? If it had been a white man who threw a black child off that balcony the MSM would be crucifying him as we speak!

    • Tim Woolsey

      May 15, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      @eric martin-how sad it is that you are correct. This country is headed to a horrible place, all because of liberals that started with obama. There was a report about a black woman that was shot & killed by a police officer in a suburb of Houston close to where I live. She grabbed the officers taser and tased him. When she did that he shot her. He was there to lawfully arrest her for a warrant.If she had done what the officer had said instead of fighting him, she would still be alive. There are protesters that are organizing a protest being led by the biggest racist of all time Quanell X. Since obama came into office, there are a certain peoples that think they do not have to listen to police at all. It is sad. We are all going to have to decide what we are going to do when it all comes to a head. There will be a second civil war.

  10. N

    May 15, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Liberalism,LGBT,PC are mental disorders:Pelosi,Behar,Hillary,Waters,Shepard,lemon,Ocasio are just some of the poster girls in the godless deranged Satanist NAZI Muslim Commie Demoncrat party! Stop these traitors from turning the US into another shit hole!

  11. Scotty

    May 15, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Agree with Alison above. Hopefully the other prisoners will take care of him. They generally hate those who harm/kill children. Don’t separate him from the other prisoners!

  12. Q

    May 15, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    It’s Minnesota. I’m surprised he didn’t get a parade and the key to the city.

    • Leam

      May 16, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Good one, Q! LOL. Not to mention elected to Congress.

  13. ken

    May 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Five years in prison, castration, then, deportation to whatever $#!thole he came from. Fitted with an electronic collar. Come within 100 yards of the border or shoreline, and the collar setonates

    • Bill Van Dam

      May 15, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Most likely from Somali. The home of the Pirates, evil people.

  14. Bill Van Dam

    May 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    So thanks to liberal justice, he’ll be out before the 19 years to kill someone. When is our justice system going to wise up? The liberal judges should be held totally responsible for their stupidity.

  15. Gerald Cline

    May 15, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Hummmm…. I would suggest throwing him off the same balcony. And if he survives, hauling his but back up and throwing him off again. Repeat until he stops squirming….

    • fred H SMITH

      May 15, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      noe take him up to 35,000 feef.. kick him out of plane without a parachute over the north pole.

  16. Mister Christopher

    May 15, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    The average IQ of a Somali is 66. Sixty-six (66).

  17. Gordon

    May 15, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Throw this racist off the verry same balcony. An eye for an eye

  18. #WhiteEqualJustice

    May 15, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I am realluy disappointed in the cowardly way that Conservative Fighter has reported this story.
    Conservative Fighter has copied a page of the Main Stream Media by not reporting the racial intent of this racist negro.
    19 years…REALLY!?!?
    He will convert to Islam and be out in 7.

  19. Chitown Monk

    May 16, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Street justice still works in my neighborhood, send him here!

  20. Paula Blissett

    May 16, 2019 at 3:15 am

    I agree with all of these commenters! POS should be tortured! He will not last 19 days, he almost killed a little 5 year old,the cell mates in there, will take good care of him, i would say they will beat and torture him, then throw him over the highest teer in the joint… The Lifers, have nothing to loose, does anyone know if he was illegal?

  21. Frank Campo

    May 16, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Thought I would comment, but I see my thoughts have been covered very well by others

  22. madge

    May 16, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    would be better if he never saw the light of day again. up to 19 years leaves much room for a shorter sentence.

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