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August 16, 2017

THIBODAUX – One of two men involved in a shootout at a Thibodaux Mardi Gras parade last January pled guilty to three charges arising from his involvement on the eve of his scheduled Jury trial.

Quincy Johnson, 34, pled guilty Tuesday afternoon to attempted second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless discharge of a firearm at a parade. Both Johnson and his co-defendant, Ryan Harris, were set for felony trials this week. Harris pled not guilty, and his jury trial has proceeded as scheduled.

"I cannot stress how reckless and dangerous this defendant’s conduct was," said District Attorney Camille A. Morvant, II after Johnson pled guilty. "It’s amazing that only the two perpetrators were injured."

Johnson and Harris, both of Napoleonville, were alleged to have been involved in an altercation earlier on Sunday, January 31, 2016, when the Krewes of Shaka and Ambrosia were scheduled to parade in Thibodaux. Harris allegedly approached Johnson on the parade route near the intersection of Jackson and Canal and shot him. Johnson returned fire, striking Harris. Both were quickly apprehended by Thibodaux Police Department personnel. Harris was found to be wearing a ballistic vest, which stopped one of the bullets.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Chatagnier, who has handled the prosecution of both Johnson and Harris, said he was satisfied with the plea. "We can’t tolerate two individuals settling their disputes with handguns," he said. "What makes this worse is that it happened in such close proximity to so many innocent people who had no idea of the danger they were in until the shots rang out."

On the charge of attempted second degree murder, Johnson was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. He received a 20 year sentence for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and 15 years for reckless discharge of a firearm at a parade. The three sentences are to be served concurrently. The sentences were imposed by the Hon. Walter I. Lanier, III, who is also presiding over the Harris trial this week.

August 17, 2017

THIBODAUX – A Lafourche Parish jury found a Napoleonville man guilty as charged for his role in a shootout at a Thibodaux Mardi Gras parade last January.

Ryan Harris, 21, was accused of seeking out Quincey Johnson, also of Napoleonville, between the Krewe of Shaka and Ambrosia Parades on January 31, after the two were involved in an argument earlier in the day.  Harris, who was armed with a pistol and wearing body armor, shot Johnson.  Johnson returned fire, wounding Harris.

“This conviction closes the book on what could have been a major tragedy,” District Attorney Camille A. Morvant, II said.  “The city was fortunate that only these two suspects were injured.”

Johnson, who was also charged in the altercation, pled guilty on Tuesday to three felony offenses related to his role in the shooting.

Harris was convicted on four separate felony counts – attempted second degree murder, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful use of body armor during the commission of a crime of violence and illegal carrying of a firearm at a parade with any firearm used in the commission of a crime of violence

“The credit goes to the Thibodaux Police Department,” said Assistant District Attorney Jason Chatagnier, who prosecuted the case.  Chatagnier noted that TPD had both suspects in custody shortly after the shooting, and located eyewitnesses who helped make the case in court this week.  Police officers and detectives also located evidence at the scene and elsewhere which tied Harris to the crime scene. “They did a great job wrapping up this investigation quickly.”

Formal sentencing is set for October 5, 2017 at 9 a.m. before the Hon. Walter I. Lanier, III, who presided over the trial.

 

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