A man in Aurora, Colorado, who was involved in a gun fight at a mall last year has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. The fight was a result of his partner trying to pass off broccoli as marijuana.

The culprits, 26-year-old Sababu Colbert-Evans along with his partner Terell Davis, who went by the Alias “22 Jump Street,” fired 11 shots at two marijuana buyers on March 14, 2016. Just hours before this incident, the buyers bought what they thought at the time was marijuana for 10,000 from Davis. But shortly after driving away, they realized their purchase was broccoli– broccoli that Davis bought at a local store just a few hours before.

In hopes of retrieving the $10,000 or the actual product, the buyers set up a new transaction but under a different name. The following night at 7:30 pm, all four individuals met outside the food court of the Town Center at  Aurora. An argument ensued so Colbert-Evans and Davis shot at the buyers, resulting in one being shot in the torso, according to the local District Attorney’s Office. However, he has since recovered.

“Once again, violent crime is associated with the illegal transaction of marijuana. Legalizing recreational marijuana has not yet eliminated the criminal element surrounding it,” District Attorney George Brauchler, said.

Colbert-Evans has been found guilty of attempted second-degree murder, extreme indifference, distributing an imitation controlled substance, and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to the mandatory minimum sentence of 16 years in the Department of Corrections with five years of parole, the DA office says.

“The defendant’s decision to open fire in the mall parking lot during business hours could easily have seriously injured or killed people arriving at or departing from the mall — which included adults and children,” Deputy District Attorney Michael Mauro, who tried the case, said.  “The verdict and sentence in this case represent a just outcome.”

While partner Davis has pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder, his sentence is scheduled for August 7.

“This may be the first time that broccoli has been bad for someone’s health.  And no matter the reason, anyone who is convicted of trying to murder someone in our community will go to prison,” Brauchler said.

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