2 men sentenced in November convenience store shooting
Two men involved in a shooting at the In and Out convenience store in Ypsilanti Township last November will spend time behind bars.
Arndola Lewis was sentenced Monday in the Washtenaw County Trial Court to between 29 months and 10 years in prison for his role in the shooting. He was credited with 237 days served. The 39-year-old Ypsilanti Township man pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder last month.
His co-defendant, Antjuan Pitts, 31, of Westland, was sentenced to one year in the Washtenaw County Jail. Judge Melinda Morris, who sentenced both men Monday, gave Pitts the option of enrolling in a substance abuse program while he is in jail. If he is accepted into a program and completes it, he may be eligible for an early release, said his attorney Richard Ginsburg.
Pitts pleaded no contest to accessory after the fact of a felony in June. He also pleaded no contest to a charge of possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams that stemmed from an Aug. 6, 2011, incident, according to court records.
A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such by the court for sentencing purposes. It also protects a defendant from future civil litigation.
The two pleaded no contest to charges related to a shooting that took place at 12:55 p.m. Nov. 5 at the In and Out convenience store, located at 1100 Share Ave. Lewis reportedly shot 12 times at an occupied car. There were no wounds from the gunshots, but one person was injured in the accident. Pitt was accused of driving the getaway car.
Lewis was originally charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony and carrying a concealed weapon.
Pitts was originally charged with possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony and two counts of assault with intent to murder.
All the charges other than the ones Lewis and Pitts pleaded no contest to were dismissed at the sentencing per the plea deal.