Two plead guilty to 2017 shooting

Two suspects in a 2017 shooting following a marijuana deal went badly pleaded guilty to assault charges Thursday.

Dakota Townsend and Brandon Hart, both pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree assault, following a mediation session earlier this spring. Both agreed to serve 10 years in prison, which is the maximum sentence.

Robbery charges were dismissed against the two.

Both are scheduled to be sentenced June 13.

Townsend, 18, admitted to shooting Logan Ramsey on Aug. 30, 2017, after they met on Washington Street.

“He came to buy marijuana and took off running,” Townsend told Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue Thursday. “I shot him.”

Hart confirmed to Logue that Townsend was the one with the gun.

Townsend was 17 at the time, but was indicted as an adult along with Stacey Stamper, who was 16.

According to court documents, police said Stamper set up the meet. Ramsey then told police Stamper demanded the money when Hart and Townsend showed up with guns. Ramsey said he turned to run and was shot twice in the shoulder and back.

Ramsey said he fell, and Hart and Townsend kicked him and took his cell phone and money.

In her arrest citation, Stamper told police Ramsey took the marijuana and ran. Hart and Townsend chased Ramsey, she said, and Townsend shot Ramsey.

Stamper was not on the docket Thursday.