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Missouri City man sentenced for gang-related shooting

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Deandre Ashton Ward, 21, was sentenced to 21 years behind bars on Monday

Deandre Ashton Ward, 21, was sentenced to 21 years behind bars on Monday

A Missouri City man has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison after being convicted of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Deandre Ashton Ward, 21, was sentenced to 21 years behind bars on Monday. According to Assistant Fort Bend County District Attorney Celena Vinson, rival gangs "FAB" (Forever About Bread) and "100 Clicks" were involved in an altercation at an Elkins High School football game in August of 2008.

After the game, shots were fired towards members of the FAB gang at a Missouri City McDonalds. After that shooting, Ward and other FAB members reportedly drove to a gas station on Highway 6 in Missouri City and confronted two people they believed to be members of 100 Click gang. Investigators say words were exchanged and as the victims left the gas station in their car, Ward pulled out a gun and started firing at them.

Ward and the others fled the scene in a vehicle, but were spotted an hour later by officers. They searched the vehicle and found two firearms, including one next to Ward. Forensic tests showed the gun next to Ward was the one used in the shooting.

At trial, Ward admitted being the shooter.

According to the Ft. Bend County DA's office, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity enhances punishment for certain crimes when they are gang-related.

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