An Independence man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a bevy of charges — including vehicular homicide — last week, according to prosecutors.
On Oct. 12, 2012, Atrell Anderson, now 21, was driving east on La. 1064 in Tangipahoa Parish when he attempted to pass another vehicle by crossing into a westbound lane, the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s office wrote in a news release.
When Anderson entered the oncoming lane he drove onto the shoulder and struck a bicycle ridden by Van Elbert Johnson, who was thrown and suffered fatal injuries. Anderson fled the scene but later turned himself in to Amite police officers.
On Nov. 16, 2013, while Anderson was out on bond, he was involved in an altercation outside an Independence business, according to the news release.
Several men began fighting, and while Anderson was not involved in the melee, he was carrying a pistol and threatened to shoot anyone who tried to break up the fight. When one of the combatants tried to get into a vehicle to leave, Anderson fired at him. Then he and two other accomplices fired toward the entire group, according to prosecutors.
On Oct. 20, he was sentenced to five years each for negligent homicide, hit and run driving resulting in death or serious bodily injury and aggravated assault with a firearm in Tangipahoa Parish Court before Judge Doug Hughes.
He also pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of aggravated assault and aggravated flight from an officer and was sentenced to an additional six months and two years, respectively. All of the sentences will run concurrently, so Anderson will effectively receive five years for the five offenses.