Defendant Charles McClelland, 45, who fired shots at one victim who tried to follow him, pled guilty to attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to 17 years on the attempted murder charge and 15 years on the robbery.
The sentences will be served concurrently, but McClelland must serve at least 15 years before he can be considered for parole.
Rufus Ross, 58, pled guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to eight years in prison in a settlement approved by Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee.
Two other defendants, Robert Gathright, 21, and Reginald Ross, 23, pled guilty earlier this year to aggravated robbery and were sentenced to eight years in prison. He is the nephew of defendant Rufus Ross.
The incident occurred around 10:45 a.m. on July 13, 2013, when at least three of the defendants entered an apartment in the 6100 block of Ridgewyck and ordered the man and woman residents to get on the floor. One of the defendants acted as a lookout and driver. They stole $600 from one of the victims and took another $800 cash and a pistol from a safe in a closet. The defendants also stole the victims’ cell phones and fled in a black Ford Expedition. The male victim got in his own vehicle and followed the Ford until one of the defendants, McClelland, got out and fired several shots at him. The robbery victim was not hit.
Investigators located the Ford Expedition later that day and soon had three of the suspects in custody. Two gave statements, with both claiming to have been the lookout person and driver for the others. The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Chris Lareau of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum prison sentences for repeat felony offenders.