Third guilty plea entered in west Paris murder
The third of four suspects in a May 17 shooting death in west Paris pleaded guilty on Friday to murder and was sentenced to 26 years in prison.
Tyriekus Drashon Edwards, 18, of 1038 Fitzhugh Ave., received a longer sentence than two other defendants “because he had a gun, and he was involved in another home invasion that we were aware of,” District Attorney Gary Young said.
On July 10, Quindarrius Deiondre Lyons, 16, of 402 Booker T. Washington Homes pleaded guilty to murder after County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harris certified him to be tried as an adult.
Tuesday, Treveonta Breondre Clark, 18, of 322 NE 17th St. pleaded guilty to murder and was also sentenced to 14 years in prison.
All three must serve half of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
The only defendant in the murder of 28-year-old Roland Dekeith “Cujo” Williams that has not entered a plea is Adrianandious Blackeyes, 21, of 1640 W. Henderson St.
Blackeyes, who is alleged to be the shooter, remains held on $750,000 bond on a capital murder charge, but Young said he is not seeking the death penalty. The penalty range is 5 years to life without parole.
All four defendants were originally charged with capital murder.
The three defendants who have now pleaded guilty “were all pretty much forthcoming with the police. They told police officers of their involvement,” Young said.
Police officers responded about 4:30 a.m. to a report of gunshots in the vicinity of Southwest 19th and Austin. Williams’ body was found lying in the driveway of a vacant house next to the duplex where Williams had been staying.
Police said four men whose faces were covered broke into the duplex where Williams was staying and forced him to go outside with them.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra