A 30-year-old Little Rock man accepted a probationary sentence on Monday for shooting a drug dealer in December 2015.
Marcus Deshawn Simmons pleaded guilty to second-degree battery, reduced from first-degree battery, and possession of a firearm by a felon. The plea netted him five years on probation and a $2,000 fine.
Prosecutors also dropped a charge of committing a terroristic act as part of Simmons’ plea agreement, negotiated by defense attorney Bill James.
Simmons was one of the 25 people wounded by gunfire in last month’s Power Ultra Lounge shooting in downtown Little Rock.
He also is the second man to plead guilty to a shooting attack on victim Johnny Lee Murry.
The 43-year-old Murry, who has state and federal convictions for drug trafficking, robbery and escape, was shot on two occasions three months apart, both times on Colonel Glenn Road. He told police that he didn’t know why he was shot.
Murry is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for a June 2013 attack in Little Rock in which he forced his way into another man’s home claiming to be a police officer. He was shot then, as well.
In the December 2015 shooting, Murry told police that he’d pulled his car over in the 7100 block of Colonel Glenn to smoke marijuana with his passenger, Ashley Danette Patillo.
He told police that he was confronted by the man who shot him, a stranger who called himself Juvie.
Police knew Juvie to be a nickname for Simmons, and Murry was able to identify Simmons as the shooter out of a police photo lineup.
Simmons told police that he’d been in class at barber college, about 2 miles away, when Murry was shot.