Man pleads guilty to throwing 5-year-old off Mall of America's balcony

 

The man who threw a little boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota last month pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Tuesday.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, struck the deal in exchange for a 19-year prison sentence, NBC affiliate KARE reported.

Aranda had been scheduled for a routine pre-trial hearing in Hennepin County Court when the plea bargain was announced. Sentencing is June 3.

Aranda threw the 5-year-old over the railing April 12 and was arrested a short time later.

The little boy miraculously survived the terrifying attack, and a GoFundMe effort on his behalf has raised more than $1 million.

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Visitors pose for a family photograph in front of an entrance to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota July 2, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES - Tags: CITYSPACE TRAVEL)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - DECEMBER 23: Police line up to move Black Lives Matter protestor out of the rotunda area of the Mall of America on December 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis staged a brief protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN before moving their protest to the airport. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 23: An exterior view of Mall of America during a media tour of its security systems on February 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 23: Shoppers walk through Mall of America during a media tour of its security systems on February 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 23: Mall of America and Bloomington Police walk the halls during a media tour of Mall of America security systems on February 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 23: Mall of America Director of Security Major Doug Reynolds and Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts walk the mall during a tour of Mall of America security systems on February 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Black Lives Matter protesters silently walk out the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota December 23, 2015. Demonstrations by Black Lives Matter to protest police killings of black men took place in Minnesota and California on Wednesday, a day the activist group dubbed "Black Xmas" to show it could impact the economy on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. REUTERS/Craig Lassig
Tom Haglund (top), dressed as scuba Santa, swims over holiday shoppers from within a saltwater reef tank at the Underwater Adventures Aquarium in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota December 23, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES)
Tom Haglund (L), dressed as scuba Santa, waves to children while swimming within a saltwater reef tank at the Underwater Adventures Aquarium in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota December 23, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES)
Children ride a carousel at Nickelodeon Universe, an indoor amusement park, in the center of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota July 2, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES - Tags: CITYSPACE TRAVEL)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JUNE 29: Tom Thibobeau introduces Jimmy Butler of the Minnesota Timberwolves to the public during a press conference at the Mall of America on June 29, 2017 in Bloomington, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 16: Makeup vlogger Madeyewlook, meets fans during the NYX Cosmetics opening at the Mall of America on April 16, (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )
BLOOMINGTON, MN - DECEMBER 23: A screen in the rotunda of the Mall of America notifies mall goers that unauthorized demonstration is against mall policy on December 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis staged a brief protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN before moving their protest to the airport. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - DECEMBER 23: Mall goers and police queue up to around the rotunda of the Mall of America waiting for the planned Black Lives Matter demonstration on December 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis staged a brief protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN before moving their protest to the airport. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - SEPTEMBER 1: Build-A-Bear Workshop celebrated the launch of its new store format today at a grand opening ceremony at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on September 1, 2015. The new store was designed to make Build-A-Bear Workshop's iconic experience even more memorable for guests. Build-A-Bear CEO Sharon Price John revealed the new look and feel for the brand, complete with an updated storefront, fresh new logo, and a seven-foot-tall stuffer. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Build-A-Bear)
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