Three of the four men allegedly involved in a shooting on the University of Central Arkansas campus two years ago pleaded no contest Monday to three counts of terroristic act.
Brandon R. Wade, Mario LaVelle Toney and Kawin Jerod Brockman pleaded no contest to three counts of terroristic acts, a class-B felony.
Two counts of capital murder, five counts of a terroristic act, possession of a firearm, attempted capital murder, unlawful discharge of a weapon and possession of a handgun on public school property were dismissed.
The trio, along with Kelsey Perry, allegedly drove onto the UCA campus on Oct. 26, 2008, and one of them fired eight shots into a crowd gathered outside of Arkansas Hall. Two students, 18-year-old Ryan Henderson of Little Rock and 19-year-old Chavares Block of Dermott, were killed. One non-student was injured.
Capt. Justin Tapley of the UCA Police Department said during pretrial proceedings in 2008 and 2009 that investigators with his department had reason to believe, based on statements from the other defendents, that it was Perry who pulled the trigger.
Wade, who prosecutors alleged was the driver of the vehicle, was sentenced to 26 years in the Arkansas Department correction with 40 years suspended imposition of sentence.
Toney and Brockman were each sentenced to 18 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with 40 years suspended.
All three men will be required to testify against Perry. The men were also ordered to have no contact with the victims’ families.
Following their sentencing, all three apologized to the victims’ families for their involvement in the incident.
Prosecutors dismissed 11 other charges, but could refile if the men do not truthfully testify against Perry.
All four suspects were scheduled to be tried together on June 14 of this year. The trial was pushed back to Oct. 12 after the defense requested a second mental evaluation of Perry.
After differences were found in Perry’s evaluation, an order was filed seeking clarification, which moved the trial date to Dec. 6.
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