LIMA — Andre White on Thursday admitted he fired his gun at an individual on the streets of downtown Lima at close range — and missed — earlier this year.
That admission came during a change-of-plea hearing during which White accepted a deal from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge of attempted murder in connection with the May 12 incident.
In exchange for that plea, prosecutors dismissed counts of felonious assault and the discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises, felonies of the second and third degree, respectively. The state also reduced a firearm specification attached to the attempted murder charge from a three-year to a one-year additional charge.
The 40-year-old White was scheduled to stand trial in Allen County Common Pleas Court next week on the charges, but a deal was reached late Wednesday. In court Thursday morning, White initially rejected the prosecutor’s offer, but five minutes later had a change of heart and accepted the deal that prosecutors said would remain on the table for just 20 minutes.
White will be sentenced Jan. 23 to a prison term that could range from 3 to 16 1/2 years.
According to court documents, at approximately 1:30 a.m. May 12, police responded to The Callahan bar, 113 E. Spring St., Lima, in reference to a report of shots being fired. Upon their arrival at that location, officers spoke with Timothy Callahan, the owner of the business.
Callahan said a black male known as “Dollar Bill” and later identified as White exited a vehicle in front of the business and fired three shots from a handgun at another male before walking back to his vehicle and driving west on Spring Street.
Security video footage from the business showed a man identified as Javionte Gilcrease standing in front of the bar. White stopped his vehicle in front of the business, exited and walked to the front of his vehicle, brandishing a black revolver. Three unknown males walked toward White, and Gilcrease walked behind them, court documents show.
According to court records, White raised the revolver and fired three shots towards Gilcrease. The unknown males reportedly attempted to stop White from shooting but were unable to do so. No one was struck by the gunfire.
Callahan identified White and told police he was “100% sure” he was the man who fired the shots.