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The fourth and final defendant in a May 17 homicide in west Paris pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon and was sentenced to life in prison.
Adrianandious Lajuan Blackeyes, 21, of 1640 W. Henderson, who fired the shots that killed 20-year-old Roland Dekeith “Cujo” Williams in a robbery gone bad, was charged with capital murder but accepted a deal to plead guilty to the lesser charge of murder.
He must serve at least 30 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole. He was represented in court by attorney Jeff Starnes.
Blackeyes’ three co-defendants in the case had pleaded guilty previously – two to 14 years and one to 26 years. A condition to each of their deals bound them to testify against Blackeyes or others if they went to trial.
Paris police Detective James Mazy, who led the team of investigators that worked the case, was in court for the plea and sentencing.
“We’re just glad that we were able to make arrests and get convictions on everyone that was involved. It was a total involvement by pretty much everybody in the department,” Mazy said.
Police officers responded about 4:30 a.m. on a Friday morning to the 1800 block of West Austin Street, near Southwest 19th Street, after residents reported hearing gunshots.
Officers found Williams’ body in the driveway next to his girlfriend’s duplex. He had been shot four times.
A break in the case came the following day when two brothers “made some statements in front of their parents that made them suspicious as to what happened,” Mazy said.
“The father actually brought them down to talk to us,” Mazy said.
“I don’t know that we really ever got an exact story. The two brothers tried to limit their involvement initially,” Mazy said. “They were like, ‘Well, we were there, but we didn’t go into the house,’ “ Mazy said.
Based on the brothers’ statements, officers arrested Blackeyes and Tyriekus Edwards, 18, of 1038 Fitzhugh Ave., later that day.
The four suspects “had the understanding and belief that (Williams) had money or narcotics, and that’s the reason they went to the house,” Mazy said. “It was an attempted robbery that went bad, and the victim ended up being shot.”
Three days later, the investigation revealed that the two brothers – Treveonte Breondre Clark, 18, of 322 NE 17th St., and Quindarrius Deiondre Lyons, 16, of 402 Booker T. Washington Homes — “actually did go in,” Mazy said, and they were taken into custody.
Lyons was the first to plead guilty. He waived indictment by a grand jury and entered the plea on July 10 after Harris certified him to stand trial as an adult. Harris sentenced him to 14 years in prison.
Six days later, on July 16, Clark also accepted a deal, pleading guilty to murder and a 14-year prison sentence.
Edwards followed suit on July 19, agreeing to plead guilty to murder in exchange for a 26-year sentence.
District Attorney Gary Young said Edwards received a longer sentence because he was believed to have had a gun and because of past home invasions on his record.
All three must serve half their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra