Independence man pleads guilty to several charges, including vehicular homicide, sentenced

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AMITE, Louisiana — An Independence man faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges, including vehicular homicide.

Prosecutors said Atrell Anderson, 21, was driving east on Louisiana Highway 1064 in Tangipahoa Parish on Oct. 12, 2012, when he attempted to pass another vehicle by crossing into a westbound lane.

When Anderson entered the oncoming lane, authorities say he drove onto the shoulder and struck a bicycle ridden by Van Elbert Johnson.

Troopers say Anderson fled the scene but later turned himself in.

On Nov. 16, 2013, while Anderson was out on bond, he was involved in an altercation outside an Independence business.

Several men began fighting, and while Anderson was not involved in the melee, he was carrying a pistol and threatened to shoot anyone who tried to break up the fight. When one of the combatants tried to get into a vehicle to leave, Anderson fired at him. Then he and two other accomplices fired toward the entire group, according to prosecutors.

The Advocate reports ( ) Anderson was sentenced last week to five years for negligent homicide, hit and run driving resulting in death or serious bodily injury and aggravated assault with a firearm.

He also pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of aggravated assault and aggravated flight from an officer and was sentenced to an additional six months and two years, respectively. All of the sentences will run concurrently.

Information from: The Advocate,

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