A New Orleans man has pleaded guilty in a Jefferson Parish court to attempted first-degree murder and a raft of drug and weapons charges related to a July chase in Metairie in which he shot at Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and tried to run one down with his SUV.
Bernard J. Lampton will serve 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to nine counts before Judge John Molaison in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna on Monday.
He also pleaded guilty to separate charges of bank fraud, forgery and theft.
Lampton got 25 years for attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to distribute heroin and a count each of possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.
He was sentenced to 20 years for two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon and five years for possession of a stolen firearm and aggravated flight, but those sentences will run concurrently with his other sentences.
The bank fraud, forgery and theft charges netted Lampton 10 years, also running concurrently.
Court documents indicate he will not be eligible for parole, probation or a suspended sentence for the full 25 years.
Lampton, 27, was tracked down on Haring Road on the night of July 8 by JPSO narcotics agents who had been looking for him.
The Sheriff’s Office said at the time that when officers approached the vehicle, Lampton fired a shot at one of them from his car, shattering the driver’s side window of a patrol car.
They returned fire, and Lampton tried to run them down in the SUV, striking one of the officers, though he was unhurt.
The officers chased Lampton’s SUV on Interstate 10 to the Causeway Boulevard exit, where he tried to escape on foot.
He was arrested after a brief scuffle and treated for a gunshot wound to his leg.
There was a warrant out for his arrest at the time on theft and bank fraud charges.
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