- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - An Alabama man will spend 15 years in a Mississippi prison after pleading guilty to his role in a March 2015 shooting in Starkville.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2exysy0 ) 23-year-old Deanthony Sanders, of Aliceville, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.

He was indicted for attempted murder for allegedly shooting Deangelo White at the Starkville Raceway. He received a 20-year sentence with five years suspended.

According to affidavits, Sanders shot White in the arm and torso following an argument at the crowded raceway. Brooksville police and Mississippi Highway Patrol officers stopped Sanders’ vehicle in Noxubee County near the Alabama line on the night of the incident and found a Taurus 9mm that matched a bullet casing from the gun used in the shooting.

Assistant District Attorney Marc Amos, who prosecuted the case, said Sanders’ right hand tested positive for gunshot residue, indicating he was the shooter.

Amos accredited law enforcement efforts with the outcome of the case. “Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department was able to collect a wealth of forensic evidence in this investigation … (it) helped to cement the evidence against Mr. Sanders,” he said.

Sanders’ attorney Ben Lang declined to comment on the case.

Lyzell McCaa, 23, of Aliceville, was also arrested in connection with the incident. He faces an accessory charge. Information on when he’s scheduled for trial was not immediately available.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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