A 23-year-old Macon man was sentenced to 10 years on probation Monday in the 2011 shooting of two 16-year-old Westside High School students near a bus stop at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Storey Drive.
Dontavis Anquan Jackson, of Log Cabin Drive, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault during a hearing in Bibb County Superior Court. An additional two counts of aggravated assault and a charge of violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act were dismissed as part of the plea deal.
Prosecutor Sandra Matson said the Aug. 24, 2011, shooting stemmed from fighting between the Mafia and Crips street gangs.
There were several shootings involving the two groups at the time, she said.
Matson said two students were walking near the bus stop about 6:30 a.m. when they saw a car drive by with someone holding an assault rifle in the back seat. The two students were shot.
Police apprehended Jackson during a traffic stop while searching a white Oldsmobile that matched the description of the car used in the shooting. Officers found Jackson when they looked in the trunk.
One of Jacksons co-defendants, 19-year-old TreVarus DeMonte Kendrick, told police he and Jackson were in the car and Jackson was the one shooting, Matson said.
Kendrick is scheduled to take a plea bargain and be sentenced later this week.
Bobby Bearden, Jacksons lawyer, said witnesses have given contradictory statements and, if the case had gone to trial, it could have gone either way.
He said Jackson, who has completed the 10th grade, wants to go back to school and get his GED.
While on probation, Jackson must abide by special gang conditions, and he must perform 120 hours of community service.
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