WATERLOO – One person pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the July shooting death of a Waterloo man.
Jacques Dominique Williamson, 25, had been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder for his alleged role in the Logan Avenue drive-by shooting that killed 21-year-old Otavious Brown and injured Dewon Campbell Jr. and Aundrey Roberts Jr. on July 17.
Murder carries a mandatory life sentence without parole under Iowa law.
On Friday, Williamson pleaded guilty to a single count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Assistant County Attorney James Katcher said the plea is based on allegations Williamson helped others in the shooting.
“The defendant aided and abetted another in threatening to shoot or discharge a dangerous weapon within an assembly of people,” Katcher said.
Under the agreement, Williamson will be sentenced to 10 years in prison and will have the option of requesting a reconsideration, Katcher said. Sentencing will be at a later date.
Others arrested in the case include Shavondes Martin, 20, Armand Isavia Anthony Rollins, 17, and Doncorrion Deangelo Spates, 15.
Court records describe Williamson as the driver, and defense attorney Christopher Kragnes said he had explored possible defenses for Williamson, who was allegedly threatened during the incident.
“He was himself placed in fear by threat of being shot, having a weapon brandished, put in his face, and he was told to drive to this location,” Kragnes said. He said he recommended Williamson accept the plea bargain.
Trial for the other defendants is tentatively scheduled for April.
Court records show after the fatal shooting, Williamson had reported his Chevrolet Tahoe stolen, but police obtained a surveillance video showing him and the others entering into the vehicle moments before the shooting.