A Waggaman man convicted of shooting into a Lapalco Boulevard apartment in 2013 and injuring three toddlers and two elderly women was sentenced Monday in 24th Judicial District Court to 35 years in prison.
Frankie Hookfin Jr., who had ties to the Harvey Hustlers street gang, pleaded guilty to five counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property and aggravated flight in January, but his sentencing was delayed pending his sentencing in federal court on homicide and drug charges, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.
Hookfin, 24, was handed his federal sentence of 35 years last week after pleading guilty in Eastern District Court to charges of causing a death through the use of firearms and conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin.
Judge Henry Sullivan of the 24th JDC ran Hookfin’s 35-year sentence concurrently with the 35-year sentence he got in federal court.
In the state case, Hookfin admitted to standing outside of the apartment door in the early morning hours of April 22 and, along with a second gunman, firing into the apartment in the 2300 block of Lapalco Boulevard, though none of the five women and children injured were the intended target.
Connick’s office said it originally charged three others with the attempted murders, but later dismissed the charges against two of them. The third man, Charlie Gumms, who was among the 21 defendants charged last year in connection with the Harvey Hustlers narcotics distribution ring, got 25 years for the Laplaco apartment shootings and for drug-related activities.
Hookfin was not included in that 21-defendant Harvey Hustler case because he was charged at the federal level, Connick’s office said.
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