Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Feb. 20) secured the conviction of a gunman who shot two people from a moving sport utility vehicle in the French Quarter early last year.
Wendell Butler Jr. averted his trial scheduled for Feb. 25 by pleading guilty as charged to discharging a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and to being a felon in possession of a firearm. As part of a plea agreement, the state did not charge Butler as a repeat felony offender and Criminal District Judge Robin Pittman imposed a sentence of 10 years in state prison.
Butler, 31, admitted firing bullets from a passenger-side window that struck two men in the 100 block of Royal Street on Jan. 6, 2018. The victims, aged 57 and 29, survived
gunshot wounds to their arms and legs.
At the time of the offense, Butler was on probation, after receiving a five-year suspended sentence from Criminal District Judge Karen Herman for his involvement in a December 2014 shooting on Bourbon Street.
Two other men previously were convicted and sentenced in connection with the Royal Street shooting.
Jordan Mitchell, the 24-year-old getaway driver in Butler’s drive-by shooting, pleaded guilty to two counts of principal to aggravated battery. He received a three-year suspended sentence from Criminal District Judge Franz Zibilich in June 2018.
Devin Green, the 29-year-old who pulled a pistol and exchanged gunfire with Butler, pleaded guilty last June to illegal discharge of a weapon and being a felon in possession
of a firearm. Zibilich imposed a nine-year sentence for his crimes.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Danon prosecuted the case.
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