Defendant pleads guilty, is sentenced to 13 years in 2012 school shooting incident


A Pine Bluff man accused of firing a shot at two students on the campus of Pine Bluff High School during the lunch hour last year pleaded guilty to multiple charges in the case.

Devonte Parker, 19, was arrested near Dumas on May 1, four days after a shot was fired from a black passenger car that struck a building at the school.

Parker pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, one count of discharging a firearm from a car, one count of possession of a handgun on school property and one count of committing a terroristic act, all stemming from the incident.

Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis sentenced Parker to a total of 13 years in prison, and also ordered him to have no contact with the two high school students.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said if Parker had gone to trial, the state would have presented evidence that Parker rode to the high school campus and was involved in an altercation with the two students, then pulled out a handgun and fired a shot.

At the time of the incident, school officials said that about 400 students were outside during the lunch hour when the shooting occurred.

Parker was identified as a suspect and police took him into custody in the Dumas area after a short foot chase through a wheat field near Mitchellville.

Dennis told Parker he would receive credit for the time he has been held at the county detention center awaiting trial.

Achorn and Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed represented the state while Parker was represented by attorney Sandra Trotter Phillips from the Public Defender’s Office.