Gunman in house party shooting near Lucy Park pleas

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A man who fired shots into a house near Lucy Park during a party, one of which hit a juvenile in the back, is headed to prison.

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Kahlijah Jones during a plea hearing in the 89th District Court (Photo credit: Josh Hoggard, KFDX/KJTL)

Kahlijah Santrell Jones, 20, of Wichita Falls, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon on Thursday, April 11, 2024, in the 89th District Court, with numerous loved ones in attendance.

Presiding Judge Charles Barnard also revoked Jones' probation sentence on a conviction for evading arrest on Thursday.

Jones was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each of the charges to which he pled guilty, as well as 10 years for the evading arrest charge. After Judge Barnard announced the sentence, audible sniffles and words of encouragement were heard from several members of the gallery.

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Kahlijah Jones during a plea hearing in the 89th District Court (Photo credit: Josh Hoggard, KFDX/KJTL)

13 additional charges of deadly conduct against Jones connected to the January 2023 shooting were filed on April 3, 2024, just over a week before the plea hearing Thursday morning.

As part of the plea deal, Jones's new charges and a charge of retaliation against a potential witness were dismissed.

The charges against Jones stem from January 15, 2023, when officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to reports of a shooting of a juvenile at a house party on Terrace Avenue, near Lucy Park.

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According to police, when they arrived at the scene, they discovered a juvenile victim had been shot in the back and was taken to the hospital. The victim told police he had been at a party and someone began shooting at the house.

Kahlijah Jones during a plea hearing in the 89th District Court (Photo credit: Josh Hoggard, KFDX/KJTL)

Police said they found 14 spent bullet casings at the residence. They also found bullet marks in the front of the house and blood on the bathroom door and kitchen floor.

A witness said he was outside and saw Jones shooting toward the house before running away.

After Jones was sentenced on Thursday, prosecutors read an impact statement from the mother of the juvenile victim to the court.

"No mother should ever have to get the phone call that her son's been shot," the impact statement said. "The bullet came within an inch of his heart, but thank God it missed."

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