- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A 22-year-old man who had been scheduled for trial next week has changed his plea and been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison for shooting and wounding three people next to a cruise ship along the Portland waterfront last summer.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/PLPvDk ) that Ja’Juan Latrell Yoakum pleaded no contest Friday to attempted murder, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Prosecutors say he opened fire on Aug. 24, 2013, while 300 people were next to or on board the docked ship. Authorities say three men associated with the Hoovers gang were hit. The prosecution says Yoakum was associated with the Rolling 60’s Crips.

Gang Enforcement Team detectives developed leads that led them to arrest Yoakum more than two weeks later.

Authorities said they tracked his cellphone signal to the area of the shooting that night. They also said that during a recorded jail phone call to an incarcerated friend, Yoakum admitted to the shooting.

Police said the party attracted a large number of gang members and associates.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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