Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (March 18) secured the guilty pleas of two people responsible for a daytime shooting that left a tourist wounded on Canal Street last September.
Gunman Byron Wilson and his girlfriend Derrion Robinson, who encouraged the Sunday afternoon shooting, entered into felony plea agreements that were approved by their victim and by Criminal District Judge Karen Herman. Each defendant had been charged with discharging a firearm during a violent crime, but pleaded guilty to amended charges of aggravated battery.
Wilson, 20, also pleaded guilty as charged to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to five years in prison at hard labor. Robinson, 21, received a deferred five-year prison sentence and was placed on three years of active probation, with
additional stipulations that she must complete a GED program and perform 50 hours of community service.
Wilson and Robinson were among a group of people involved in a dispute in the 600 block of Canal Street around 4:39 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2018. Encouraged by shouts from Robinson, Wilson pulled a gun and attempted to shoot someone involved in the altercation. He missed, but one of the shots he fired struck a female tourist bystander in the thigh.
The woman survived her injury, as did a second person who suffered a minor graze wound and fled the scene.
“All too often we have seen the tragic results of people resorting to gunfire to settle their minor disputes,” Cannizzaro said. “In this case, we again see somebody willing to pull a gun and starting shooting on a city street crowded with visitors, without regard for the safety of innocent bystanders. This gunman now gets a few years to reflect upon the foolishness of his criminal conduct, and to give thanks that his victim’s life somehow was spared.”
Assistant District Attorney Hilary Khoury prosecuted the case.
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