A Shreveport man will spend a half century behind bars after he pleaded guilty to an attempted murder.

Caddo District Judge John D. Mosely Jr handed down the maximum sentence, without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence, to 24-year-old Ladarius Desmond Williams on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Williams had faced a minimum sentence of 15 years.

A press release from Caddo District Attorney spokesman John Andrew Prime details the crime committed and the original trial:

Williams pleaded guilty in May to attempted first-degree murder after he tried to kill Eddie Ray George during a June 2014 robbery outside an Allendale convenience store. As George left the Fil-a-sac store in the 300 block of Pierre Avenue on June 3, 2014 and prepared to enter his vehicle, Williams attacked him from behind, striking him in the head with a pistol, demanding money. Williams chased George around the parking lot, shooting at him multiple times.

Mr. George testified about the impact the attack had on his life, and surveillance video was presented, showing the robbery and subsequent shooting.

"Mr. George became emotional while watching the brutal attack on video for the first time in court," Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Holly McGinness said, adding the victim "testified that he spent almost a month in the hospital and has had years of continued medical treatment as a result of the eight gunshot wounds he suffered during the attack."

A pre-sentencing investigation determined Williams had a significant criminal history that includes two prior felony convictions and arrests for aggravated burglary and illegal use of weapons. Williams also never expressed remorse for the attack.

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