NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Four New Orleans teens who burglarized a Lakeview woman's car as she was unloading groceries in March -- including one who fired a gunshot in her were sentenced Monday.
Washington Wells, 16, received the maximum sentence of "juvenile life" after pleading guilty to his role as the gunman in the crime.
Chief Judge Candice Bates-Anderson imposed the sentence requiring Wells to remain in juvenile detention until he is 21, after the defendant pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated criminal damage to property, simple burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Wells was 15 when he participated in the March 21 burglary and fired a gunshot that missed the victim but penetrated the woman's house. No one was injured.
Three accomplices -- two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old – were also convicted.
One 15-year-old co-defendant pleaded guilty to simple burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and received a two-year detention sentence. The other 15-year-old pleaded guilty to simple burglary, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property and was sentenced to a period of probation.
The 16-year-old co-defendant elected to stand trial Monday and was found guilty of simple burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 18.
The four teens, driving in a black Audi Q5 SUV that had been reported stolen from Hollygrove a day earlier, spotted the woman as she was unloading groceries from her vehicle. Her car was parked in the driveway of her Lakeview home.
The woman saw the four intruders rummaging through her car as she came back outside and yelled for them to stop, prosecutors said. The teens fled, with Wells turning back to fire the gunshot in the woman's direction as he ran back to the stolen SUV..