City man sentenced to 10 years in shooting

Published 12:43 am Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Vicksburg man will spend a decade in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in a nightclub shooting.

Franklin Lee Crook, 40, 1708 Openwood Lane, pleaded guilty this week to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon as a habitual offender and was sentenced by Ninth Circuit Judge M. James Chaney to 10 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

The plea was made public Friday.

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Crook was indicted as a habitual offender in January for three counts of aggravated assault and the weapons charge. He was convicted of aggravated assault in 1995 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 1999, according to court records.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the state agreed not to prosecute the assault charges from the nightclub shooting.

The shooting occurred July 17, 2011 at Bottom Up, a former Marcus Bottom restaurant and club, at 2618 Halls Ferry Road.

Crook, Victor Lee Parson, 38, 1435 Ironwood Drive and his brother, James Tyrone Parson, 36, 2607 Hannah Ave., paid $3 admission to the club where Crook and Victor Parson fired several shots at Michael Williams, who fled to the back of the restaurant, according to court records.

James Parson told police his brother planned the shooting in revenge for Williams assaulting his brother’s wife, according to court records.

Stray bullets struck Alisha Allen, 27, 2518 Drummond St. in the hand and arm and Otis Hall, 47, 1703 South St., in the back.

Victor Parson, who also faces three counts of aggravated assault, is expected to appear in court Friday. He could face 20 years on each charge.

James Parson’s case was remanded to file, and he has not been indicted. Remanding a case to file means it won’t be prosecuted but could be brought up if new evidence is found to warrant reopening it.