A Kenner man convicted last week of four felonies, including shooting at a lifelong friend, was sentenced Monday to 22 years in prison, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.
Otis D. Washington, 26, also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine in connection with his April 26 convictions of aggravated criminal damage to property, aggravated assault and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
After a friend questioned him about a pistol he possessed, Washington began shooting at him as he left a store in the 1000 block of 3rd Street in Kenner on April 28, 2015, according to trial testimony. As the victim drove away, bullets shattered a back door window, punched through a door and struck the back of the front passenger’s seat where a pregnant woman sat, Connick’s office said in a news release.
The following day, Washington pointed the same pistol at the man, leading to the aggravated assault charge.
Washington was barred from possessing firearms because of a 2010 simple robbery conviction, and yet did so on back-to-back days, leading to the two gun possession charges.
After denying a defense request for a new trial, Judge Michael Mentz of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Washington to 20 years for each of the two firearm counts, 10 years for the aggravated assault and 15 years for the criminal damage counts. He ran the sentences concurrently, for a total of 20 years, Connick’s office said.
At the time of his arrest, Washington was serving two years of probation stemming from an October 2013 arrest, when he was caught driving through a private parking lot on Williams Boulevard to avoid a traffic signal while watching a pornographic movie on a stolen DVD player, according to the arrest report.
Mentz on Monday revoked the probation and ordered Washington to serve the original two-year prison sentence, which was run consecutively with the new 20-year sentence, for a total of 22 years, Connick’s office said.
Washington’s sentence could increase further, as Mentz is scheduled to consider sentencing him as a third felony offender on May 19.
Assistant District Attorneys Angel Varnado and Douglas Rushton prosecuted the case, Connick’s office said.
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