Jury convicts Pascagoula man in shooting that wounded five at Moss Point business

Tossed out of venue, he shot into crowd, showing 'depravity of heart,' judge says

mbbaker@sunherald.comJuly 16, 2014 


PASCAGOULA -- A jury deliberated fewer than two hours Wednesday before convicting a Pascagoula man of three counts of aggravated assault in a March 6, 2011, shooting that wounded five people.

Circuit Judge Dale Harkey sentenced Dominic Robinson, 35, to a total of 30 years followed by five years of post-release supervision and ordered him to pay $15,000 in fines.

Prior to sentencing Robinson, Harkey described the crime as "cold-blooded and cowardly."

"To be upset from being removed from a bar ... to retrieve a weapon and to open fire on a bar filled with hundreds of your fellow citizens shows pretty much a depravity of heart that we don't see very often," he said.

Robinson shot two private security guards and three patrons at Creme De La Creme, a former Moss Point restaurant turned rental facility for weddings, parties, concerts and other events.

Though Robinson was indicted on five counts of aggravated assault, Harkey dismissed two of the charges because two of the victims did not show up at trial to testify.

Robinson testified he had no involvement in the shooting. He said he was told to leave the venue and did so, heading to Mobile to see his grandmother.

Despite Robinson's testimony, the jury convicted him.

Among those wounded

in the shooting were Jessica and Johnathan Woods, both of whom were working security at the club the morning of the shooting. Both suffered permanent injuries.

Jessica Woods is now a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair, and her husband must use a cane to walk for the rest of his life.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence shared with the court some of Jessica Woods' sentiment regarding her life-altering injuries.

"She worked before the shooting," Lawrence said. "She can't work anymore. She can't drive. She can't visit her family in New York anymore. She misses walking and running. She's not even able to play with her grandkids like she wants."

Lawrence said the nightmare is never over for the victims.

"They've both got permanent injuries for the rest of their life over an incident that should have never happened," he said. "It's always a relief to know the system worked.

"I'm actually proud of the witnesses who came forward and stood for truth and justice and said what they saw and what they heard and cooperated with police."

Defense attorney George Shaddock said he plans to appeal the verdict. He said he also plans to request an appeal bond for Robinson to get out of jail pending the outcome of his appeal.

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