Man pleads guilty in body shop shooting

Published 12:02 am Thursday, January 12, 2017

VIDALIA — A Ferriday man pleaded guilty Wednesday to five counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with an Oct. 23 shooting at Tootie’s Body Shop in Ferriday.

Vondell Aimon Hawkins, 28, 807 Second St., was originally charged in November on five counts of attempted second-degree murder, When offered the opportunity, Hawkins pleaded guilty to the lessor charge.

Seventh Judicial District Judge John Reeves sentenced Hawkins to a seven years in prison, but suspended the prison time, and five years active supervised probation.

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Three men allegedly fired handguns at Tootie’s Body Shop during an argument with a relative of the shop’s owner.

During the shooting, three customers, the shop’s owner and one of the owner’s relatives were present, but no one was injured.

Previously, Demon’Tay Deon Dunbar, 19, 807 Second St., and Kenderic K. Sheppard, 18, 250 Eugene Road, were each charged with five counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Dunbar and Sheppard were not in court Wednesday, with last listed court dates of Dec. 14.

Dunbar was in jail Wednesday on a $375,000 bond and Sheppard had been previously released.