Two men connected to a 2018 shooting at a Statesville night club pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges last week, the Statesville Police Department said in a news release.
Jadakiss Ja’Wade Morrison, 20 and Jaquez Towayne Gaines, 18, entered guilty pleas to three counts of attempted first-degree murder before Superior Court Judge Lori Hamilton last week, the release stated.
Morrison received an active sentence of 12-15 years while Gaines received an active sentence of 10-13 years, the release stated.
Three other suspects received similar sentences earlier this year after also pleading guilty, the release stated.
In January, Okiero Shuford was sentenced to more than 10 years (125 to 162 months) for attempted first-degree murder. Keeven Trent, 16, was also sentenced to more than 10 years (125 to 160 months) for attempted first-degree murder. Deontae Savoy, 22, had previously been sentenced, on March 8, to more than four-and-a-half years (58-82 months) on conspiracy to commit murder charges.
The Statesville Police Department stated it “appreciates the hard work that Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Floyd and her team put forth the past year which has resulted in the successful prosecution of all five suspects in the 2018 Fiesta Rodeo shooting incident," the release stated.
These sentences come more than a year after a shooting that police said left three people injured.
On March 24, 2018, the SPD said Fiesta Rodeo, at 1607 Salisbury Highway, was serving alcohol to minors during an 18th birthday party at the club. Shots were fired when a fight in the club spilled outside, police said. The injuries were not life-threatening.
Both Morrison and Gaines were arrested within a few weeks after the incident.