CHICO — A 19-year-old teenager from Chico pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder on Wednesday for a shooting that occurred May 13, 2020 on a bike path near Rio Lindo Avenue, District Attorney Mike Ramsey said in a press release. release. The teen filed an application to Butte County Superior Court after being transferred from Butte County Juvenile Court, where he was under investigation for more than a year.
Deshaun Kelly faces seven years to life in state prison.
At 17, Kelly took to the bike path with a semi-automatic pistol to confront a classmate early in the evening, according to a press release. Chico police detectives determined that Kelly hid behind bushes when he heard a cyclist approaching from behind and waited until the victim was 3 to 5 feet away. When Kelly shot the victim, a whole magazine was discharged into the 23-year-old man.
According to the report, the nearest officer arrived on the scene less than a minute after Chico police dispatchers received numerous 911 calls about gunshots in the area and found the victim badly injured. Although the victim was taken to Enlo Medical Center with seven gunshot wounds, he survived and was discharged after a month of treatment.
After an investigation using CCTV footage, witness statements, and phone records, officers identified Kelly as the shooter. Chico police located and arrested Deshawn Kelly on June 17, 2020, almost a month after the shooting after detectives learned that Kelly fled to Southern California after the shooting. Upon arrest, police found Kelly in possession of an AR-15 assault-type “ghost pistol”.
Kelly remains in the Butte County Jail without bail and will next appear in court on July 20, 2022 for sentencing.