Mother pleads not guilty to aggravated assault

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 1, 2016

VIDALIA — A Ferriday mother accused of driving her son while he reportedly fired into an occupied vehicle pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Colleen Griggs, 42, 804 Eighth St., was originally arrested on charges of four counts of attempted second-degree murder. Seventh Judicial District Attorney Brad Burget said Wednesday he accepted prosecution on charges easiest to prove in court.

Griggs is alleged to have been driving a vehicle when her son, Donnie Sanders III, 17, 804 Eighth St., allegedly stepped out to fire up to six rounds at a white Jeep Cherokee going south on Eighth Street. In the shooting, two rounds struck the rear panel of the vehicle.

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Four men were in the vehicle but no one was hurt in the incident.

The alleged shooting reportedly followed a fight with one of the victims at the Concordia Park Apartments on Kyle Road. Sanders reportedly got in the vehicle with his mother after the argument and they caught up with the Jeep Cherokee a few blocks later at the corner of Eighth and Alabama streets.

Sanders was arrested in July and charged with four counts attempted second-degree murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned today.

Griggs was out of jail on a $36,000 bond. Sanders was in jail Wednesday evening on an $450,000 bond.