Crockett man who shot at couple, baby accepts 30 years for drug charges

Crockett man who shot at couple, baby accepts 30 years for drug charges

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Crockett man who fired several gunshots at a couple and a 9-month-old baby in February 2015 accepted a plea bargain deal of 30 years for two felony drug charges Thursday.

At the time of the shooting incident, the woman was holding the child in her arms.

Ylanz Demarcus Delane, also known as Ylanz Baker, appeared in the 349th Judicial District Court on several indicted charged Thursday, according to Donna Kaspar, the district attorney for Houston County. He pleaded guilty possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Both charges are first-degree felonies.

Kaspar said other charges were taken into consideration in Baker's plea deal. Those charges included attempted capital murder and an endangering a child charge that stemmed from Baker having drugs in a child's presence in January 2015.

In addition, the state filed civil forfeiture proceedings against Baker. The Crockett Police Department seized $9,495 and a 2004 Crown Victoria because they alleged the funds and the car were "illegally gained contraband from the sale of drugs."

Kaspar said once the funds are forfeited to the state, they will be split between the City of Crockett, the Crockett Police Department, and the Houston County District Attorney's Office for use in law enforcement.

Around 3:46 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2015, Crockett Police responded to a shots-fired call near Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Wm. Batts Street.

According to officers, a man and a woman told them Baker had fired several gunshots at them in a park. The woman was holding a nine-month-old in her arms at the time.

The victims said Baker pointed a handgun at them and opened fire in their direction. The couple and the infant were unharmed.

Several shell casing were recovered from the area as well as other evidence, according to Crockett Police. Later that evening, the suspect's blue sedan was later near Cedar Circle, where officers obtained a search warrant to search the vehicle and collect fingerprints and DNA evidence.

Crockett Police officers arrested Baker around 10:30 p.m. that night and was charged with attempted capital murder, a first-degree felony. He was booked into the Houston County Jail. He later posted a $50,000 bond.

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