He was accused of shooting a robbery victim several times. Then he admitted it.

Raheem Tyrese Richardson
Raheem Tyrese Richardson

A Gulfport man accused of armed robbery and aggravated assault pleaded guilty to his charges before his trial begin, said District Attorney Joel Smith.

Raheem Tyrese Richardson, 24, pleaded guilty this week before Circuit Court Judge Christopher Schmidt. He was sentenced to 30 years with 10 years suspended. He will serve two 20 year sentences concurrently, Smith said.

Richardson’s charges stem from a shooting on Mississippi Avenue on Oct. 31, 2015. Gulfport police found a person that had been shot several times. Richardson came to the victim’s home in hopes of selling him a .380 firearm in exchange for cash, according to a press release from Smith. When the victim refused to purchase the firearm, Richardson shot the victim multiple times with the same firearm.

The wounded person spent a month in the hospital recovering and was able to identify Richardson as a person of interest.