Last defendants sentenced for the robbery, murder of Minnetonka student

Calloway (Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)
Kalisa Smith (Submitted photo)
Davonte Bobo (Submitted photo)
Vincent Harris
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(Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office) Kalisa Smith

By Paige Kieffer
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The last of four individuals, Christopher Calloway and Kalisa Smith, have been sentenced for the murder and robbery of 16-year-old Minnetonka High School student Samantha Burnette last September in St. Paul.

Christopher Rayshawn Calloway, 32, of South St. Paul, was sentenced Aug. 24, on charges of second-degree murder without intent and first-degree aggravated robbery, and will serve 30 years in prison. He was also ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution.

Calloway has had eight prior felony convictions including an armed robbery and aggravated battery with great bodily harm in Illinois. In 2013, he pleaded guilty in Dakota County to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to motor vehicle theft, and was sentenced to five years in prison. Calloway was placed on a supervised release on Aug. 15.

Kalisa Chardale Smith, 29, of St. Paul, was sentenced Aug. 11, on charges of second-degree murder without intent and first-degree aggravated robbery, to 19 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution.

Smith’s history includes more than a dozen traffic violations, drunken driving charges and possession of marijuana.

Vincent Harris, 32, of St. Paul, was sentenced July 19 to seven-and-a-half years in prison, on a first-degree robbery count, and ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution.

He had five prior felony convictions including a domestic abuse incident and violating a restraining order by contacting the same victim.

Davonte Bobo, 24, of St. Paul, was sentenced July 11 to a little over 14 years in prison, after being convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree aggravated robbery.

Bobo has a prior conviction for first-degree aggravated robbery and pending felony charges in Olmsted County for soliciting an undercover officer posing as a prostitute.

According to the criminal complaints, Burnette, her sister, a friend and Smith were driving in Smith’s vehicle on the evening of Sept. 24 and into the early morning hours of Sept. 25, 2016.

Bobo told officials that he was with Calloway and Harris when Smith contacted Calloway around 3 or 4 a.m., saying she was with a group of girls who had money on them and that they should rob them. Smith admitted to officials that she knew the women were going to be robbed.

At 7 a.m. that morning, Smith said she had to meet someone, so they drove to the alley of the 700 block of Sims Avenue. Calloway then jumped into the front passenger seat, while Bobo stood outside the rear passenger side door with his gun pointed inside the back of the vehicle where Burnette and the friend were sitting.

During this time Smith and Harris stood outside the vehicle.

Calloway demanded that Burnette’s sister hand over any valuables and she told him she didn’t have anything. He then struck her with the gun.

Burnette then woke up in the back seat and took a bottle and struck Calloway in the head, while her sister fled.

Bobo and Calloway then fired their weapons at Burnette. She was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. by medical crews.

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