GONZALES — The last of four men accused in two April 2012 drive-by shootings in Geismar was sentenced to two years of home incarceration and five years of supervised probation as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Twenty-third Judicial District Judge Jason Verdigets handed down the sentence earlier this week at the Parish Courthouse Annex in Gonzales after Ronald McClure, 20, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of conspiracy to commit second-degree aggravated battery and illegal use of a weapon, court minutes say.
As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a string of charges against McClure, 36324 Timber Ridge Drive, Prairieville, including attempted manslaughter and eight counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Sheriff’s deputies have said McClure, then 17, shot at a 19-year-old man in the Deck Boulevard area of Ascension Parish early April 18, 2012, but missed and then later fired into a crowd of eight people.
Three bystanders were shot, but they all recovered, deputies said.
McClure’s home incarceration and probation came in lieu of a 10-year prison sentence Verdigets suspended under the plea deal entered Monday. McClure was set for trial Tuesday.
Two others involved in the shooting already accepted plea deals, while a third, Jared Vincent, 24, 18304 Manchac Place, Prairieville, had his charges dropped in November 2013 due to insufficient evidence, court filings show.
One co-defendant who previously pleaded guilty, David Jimenez, 22, of Prairieville, had agreed to testify about the shootings.
In the June 10, 2013, agreement, Jimenez said McClure shot and injured three people and that Jimenez then helped the others escape from arrest.
Jimenez, who faced the attempted manslaughter charge, eight counts of attempted first-degree murder and other charges as the other co-defendants had, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder, a plea agreement says. He received a deferred five-year prison sentence and five years’ probation.
A guilty plea from Davante Jones, 22, also of Prairieville, to the same reduced charge that Jimenez agreed to came about a month later.
Jones admitted to participating in the drive-bys and then hiding his co-defendants, his plea deal says.
Jones was sentenced to three years in state prison and four years of probation.
A spokeswoman for the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office did not respond to a request for comment by Thursday. McClure’s defense attorney, J. Rodney Messina, did not return a message Wednesday for comment.
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