21-Year-Old Receives 85-Year Prison Sentence

(HorizonPost.com) – A 21-year-old gang member from Lufkin, Texas was sentenced last week to 85 years for aggravated robbery involving serious injury in connection to the near-fatal shooting outside of the local middle school in January 2020.

Davonsea Thomas was arrested in February 2020 after police found the revolver and a pair of white gloves connected to the shooting of 17-year-old La’Patrick Wright outside of Lufkin Middle School.

Wright was shot following an altercation with two young men at around 8:30 p.m. on January 28, 2020, while he and a friend were there to attend a basketball game. According to the friend, at least four shots were fired during the brief exchange.

Four officers from the Lufkin Police Department were working security for the basketball game when the shooting occurred. They responded to the front of the school where they found Wright lying on the ground suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Witnesses described the two men who fled the scene as two black males, one in a white shirt and light blue pants and the other taller one in a dark hoodie.

Wright was hospitalized but recovered from his injuries.

Following an investigation into the shooting, police arrested Davonsea Thomas a week later. Thomas pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The judge sentenced Thomas on June 7 to 85 years for the aggravated assault charge and an additional 20 years for aggravated assault involving serious injury. Both sentences would be served concurrently. Thomas was also ordered to pay fines amounting to $15,000.

The judge also gave Thomas a 1,584-day credit for the time he has already served in Angelina County Jail.

Thomas was also one of the 13 young men from Lufkin indicted in 2020 for their alleged roles in the local gang known as “JaccBoyWorld.”

The 13 men, ranging in age from 17 to 27, were indicted in December 2020 stemming from multiple incidents, including the January 28 shooting outside of the middle school, a February 5 police chase while driving a stolen pick-up, and a June 26 drive-by shooting near a group of young children.

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