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Police: Juvenile arrested in connection with drive-by shooting

Eunice Police
Posted at 8:36 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 21:45:38-05

EUNICE, La.  — Eunice Police arrested a juvenile in connection with a drive-by shooting earlier this month.

According to Chief Randy Fontenot, the shooting occurred on E. Maple Ave. and Lewis Street on January 3. The 16-year-old juvenile was arrested on a warrant for Attempted First Degree Murder. Previously arrested in the incident were De'Mante Gallow and Jerwasky Thomas. Read more on that here.

A second juvenile sustained minor injuries in the shooting.

The juvenile is also facing drug charges, Chief Fontenot said, and was previously sentenced to serve Juvenile Life for his alleged involvement in two 2019 burglaries of homes where guns and ammunition were stolen, including an M-16 rifle.

Juvenile Life means the juvenile is to serve a sentence in a juvenile facility until the age of 21. However, in accordance with Louisiana's Criminal Justice Reform Act, the juvenile was scheduled to be paroled at the age of 16, according to Fontenot.

The chief says that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the juvenile was released even earlier than his scheduled parole date.

The juvenile was released to his parent's custody.

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