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One of four persons arrested and charged with murder in a shooting death early the morning of May 17 in west Paris pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Quindarrius Deiondre Lyons, 16, of Paris waived indictment by a grand jury and pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon after County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harris certified him to stand trial as an adult.
“He also agreed to testify against any co-defendants if needed,” Lamar County District Attorney Gary Young said.
Paris police officers responded to Southwest 19th Street, about two blocks south of Bonham Street, after shots were reported in the vicinity about 4:30 a.m. on May 17.
They found Roland Dekeith “Cujo” Williams, 28, shot to death in the driveway of a vacant house in the 1800 block of Austin Street, next door to a duplex where he was staying. He had been shot several times.
One day later, on Saturday, May 18, Police Chief Bob Hundley announced the arrests of Adrianandious Blackeyes, 21, and Tyriekus Edwards, 18, on capital murder charges.
Three days later, on Tuesday, May 21, Hundley announced two more arrests – Treveonta Breondre Clark, 17, and a 16-year-old who was not identified until the court proceedings on Wednesday.
No further arrests were anticipated, Hundley said at the time, indicating that his officers’ investigation indicated all four suspects were present during an attempted robbery and subsequent shooting.
Since their arrests, Blackeyes, Edwards and Clark have been held in the Lamar County Jail on $750,000 bond each.
Lyons had been held in juvenile detention facilities in Greenville, but now is also in the Lamar County Jail, Young said.
The district attorney declined Wednesday to comment on the facts of the case.
According to police reports, four men wearing some kind of bandana over their faces entered the duplex where Williams was staying.
Williams went outside with the four intruders, and his girlfriend and neighbors reported hearing several gunshots, police said.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra