Chester­field man con­victed for role in fir­ing on car with woman, 3 kids in­side

Peters­burg plea deal calls for ac­tive term of four years

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NEWS - BY MARK BOWES [email protected]­dis­ (804) 649-6450

A Chester­field County man ac­cused with two as­so­ciates of open­ing fire on a Peters­burg mother’s car with three chil­dren in­side in an act of mis­taken retri­bu­tion has pleaded guilty to six felonies for his role in the shoot­ing two years ago Thurs­day.

In a plea agree­ment, Rashaun D. Bradley, 27, pleaded guilty in Peters­burg Cir­cuit Court to one count each of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der and possession of a firearm by a felon, and four counts of at­tempted mur­der.

Au­thor­i­ties say Bradley and two as­so­ciates — Da­mon L. White, 30, and Rod­ney E. Harris, 28 — opened fire on a car oc­cu­pied by Chris­tine Wes­son, who was driv­ing with her 4- and 8-year-old daugh­ters and 3-year-old nephew when they came un­der at­tack from the masked gun­men about 10 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2016.

Her white sedan — which the sus­pects mis­tak­enly be­lieved was the ve­hi­cle of their in­tended tar­get — was struck six to eight times by gun­fire, but nei­ther she nor the chil­dren were hit or in­jured.

The three men were look­ing to even the score “for an­other act of vi­o­lence that hap­pened some­where else in­volv­ing one of Mr. Bradley’s folks,” said Peters­burg Deputy Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney Ken Blalock.

“So they go out look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar white sedan,” Blalock said. “[But] they found the wrong car in the same neigh­bor­hood. So ba­si­cally she was a vic­tim of cir­cum­stance, by hap­pen­ing to drive the same make and model of white sedan in the wrong part of town.”

Af­ter es­cap­ing the gun­fire, Wes­son streamed a Face­book live video from the scene in the af­ter­math of the shoot­ing. “They just shot up my car with me and my kids in it,” she said in her Face­book video, af­ter man­ag­ing to drive away and flag down Peters­burg po­lice of­fi­cers.

Blalock pro­vided this sum­mary of the shoot­ing:

Wes­son had stopped on St. James Street and “was wait­ing on a friend to come out of the house” when she no­ticed the sus­pects’ car across the street.

When the car’s in­te­rior light came on af­ter one of the men opened a door, Wes­son rec­og­nized Bradley, with whom she was ac­quainted.

“She didn’t have any prob­lem with him be­fore and didn’t think much of it un­til she saw him pass­ing a gun to this guy in the back seat,” Blalock said.

The man who re­ceived the gun, Rod­ney Harris, then got out of the car along with Da­mon White, who was also armed, and within mo­ments both men opened fire on Wes­son’s ve­hi­cle.

“She hits the gas and takes off, and shots hit her car but bless­edly no­body’s hurt — just scared out of their wits,” Blalock said.

Al­though Bradley didn’t fire any shots, he was con­victed of at­tempted mur­der by aid­ing or abet­ting the oth­ers, or act­ing as a prin­ci­pal in the sec­ond de­gree. To be found guilty, a de­fen­dant does not have to par­tic­i­pate in the spe­cific act, but the ev­i­dence must show the de­fen­dant was present, ac­tu­ally or con­struc­tively, and as­sist­ing in the crime.

He is sched­uled to be sen­tenced Feb. 5. Un­der terms of his plea agree­ment, he will re­ceive a four-year ac­tive prison term with sev­eral decades of sus­pended time.

Harris pleaded guilty March 13 to ma­li­ciously shoot­ing into an oc­cu­pied car, at­tempted mur­der and felony use of a firearm. A sen­tenc­ing date will be set later this month.

White re­mains at large.


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