LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - One of the four men arrested in connection to the March 2015 attempted robbery of a Lufkin dog seller agreed to a plea bargain deal of two years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison Monday.
Devante Cauley appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court Monday for a plea hearing. As part of the plea deal, Cauley, pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony deadly conduct charge.
When Cauley was arrested, he was originally charged with aggravated robbery. The other four suspects in the case include Quinn Jamal Trimble, Xavious D'Quan Irvine, Gervenski Jermaine Mack, and Jerry Benard Williams.
Lufkin Police officers arrested the five men after an attempted robbery at a home on O'Quinn Avenue in March of 2015.
Lt. David Casper of the Lufkin Police Department said after the victim arranged to sell a dog, the suspects arrived at the house in the 1000 block of O'Quinn Avenue and went inside. When one of the suspects allegedly pulled a gun, the victim struggled with him while he was drawing his own weapon.
Once the suspects realized that the victim had a gun, they fled the residence, Casper said. The victim and another man were able to catch one of the suspects and hold him while someone called the police.
"No one thought to lock the back door, and one of the suspects came back in," Casper said. The suspect fired multiple shots into the residence. The victims released the other suspect, and they fled."
LPD officers located the five suspects a few blocks from the home. Casper said the five suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Lufkin Police Department for questioning.