Springhill man enters plea to reduced charge
After allegedly taking a shot at a Webster Parish Sheriff's Deputy on Christmas Day in 2011, Jesse David Christian may have received a belated "gift" from Webster Parish District Attorney's office.
Christian pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted manslaughter in court on Monday in exchange for all other charges against him being dropped.
"Fortunately, because of the expertise of the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office in the handling of this individual," DA Schuyler Marvin said, "neither the deputy nor anyone else was hurt."
However, Marvin's "Christian charity" of a single felony charge may not help him much in the future should Christian fall afoul of the law again. According to testimony in court, the pending conviction would add to three other potential felony convictions from other jurisdictions and leave him susceptible to Louisiana's multiple offender laws.
On December 25, 2011 WPSO received a call of shots fired from the 100 block of Horton in Sarepta. Deputy John Byrd responded at 6:45 p.m. according to the booking report.
Upon arrival Byrd reportedly ordered Christian out of the residence.
"(Christian) opened door and fired a round from a 12 gauge shotgun directly over Deputy Byrd's head," according to the report. "(He) then came out into the yard and demanded Dep. Byrd kill him."
The report continues that Christian threatened to kill himself or Byrd, and suddenly lifted the weapon toward his own head and fired. The concussion reportedly threw him to the ground and Byrd was able to use his Taser to subdue Christian.
Byrd arrested Christian with assistance from Superintendent Jack Davis and Deputy Kyle Greer and transported him to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center where he was booked on six charges: attempted first degree murder of a police officer; resisting a police officer by force; public intimidation; convicted felon in possession of a firearm; disturbing the peace; and aggravated criminal damage.
Christian was indicted on all charges except convicted felon in possession of a firearm. After accepting the deal to plead guilty to a lesser charge, the DA's office reduced the attempted first-degree murder charge and dropped the remainder.
Judge Ford E. Stinson, Jr. ordered a pre-sentencing hearing and scheduled sentencing for October 15.