A Gulfport man will spend 5 years in jail for his role in the 2016 deadly shooting after the St. Paul Carnival Association parade in Pass Christian.
Donald Dedeaux, 27, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to aggravated assault on Friday before Judge Christopher L. Schmidt. Dedeaux was sentenced to 15 years, with 10 years suspended. He will serve 5 years in prison, followed by three years of probation.
According to District Attorney Joel Smith, Dedeaux will be allowed to serve the final three years of his sentence under house arrest because he cooperated with law enforcement in the investigation and had no prior criminal history.
Dedeaux’s sentence was the last of four defendants involved in the shooting on February 7, 2016, as the parade was ending in downtown Pass Christian.
Two bystanders, Carlos Bates and Isaiah Majors, were killed and multiple bystanders were injured in the shooting.
The other defendants already have been sentenced:
▪ On November 27, 2017, Malcolm Dedeaux was sentenced to 40 years to serve on two counts of manslaughter for his role as instigator of the gun battle.
▪ On November 22, 2017, Jessie Lee Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. As a habitual offender, he will serve his sentence day for day.
▪ On July 21, 2017, Jermaine Ratcliff pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact. He is awaiting sentencing.
Smith said that during Malcolm Dedeaux’s plea hearing, he admitted to an ongoing feud with Charles Johnson.
"Malcolm Dedeaux, Jermaine Ratcliff, and Jessie Lee Williams Jr., were all involved in the ongoing feud with Charles Johnson, all are convicted felons, and all of them brought weapons to the Pass parade and walked down Davis Avenue where a confrontation with Johnson took place,” said Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker, who prosecuted the case along with ADA Chris Carter. “At the intersection of Davis Avenue and Ladnier Street, Malcolm Dedeaux confronted Charles Johnson about their previous feud.
“During the confrontation, an eyewitness stated it was Malcolm Dedeaux who pulled his weapon first that led to a gun battle involving multiple people.”
On Friday, Donald Dedeaux's attorney said his client was not involved in the ongoing feud with Johnson, had no previous criminal history, met with law enforcement multiple times in the days following the shooting and later turned over his firearm.
In court, Donald Dedeaux said once the gunfire began, he was in fear and also fired his weapon. His attorney said the two victims were in the crowd behind Donald Dedeaux and no evidence connected him to their shootings.
However, Donald Dedeaux confessed that after the shooting, he assisted his co-defendants, who hid their weapons and he did not tell the police.