Plymouth man pleads guilty to shooting during robbery, fighting with cops

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A Plymouth man has pleaded guilty to charges that he shot a man in the face and was later resistant while being arrested, and was immediately sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison.

Azijamere Le Carmichael, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault stemming from the incidents. Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough accepted the guilty plea.

Prosecutors said Carmichael robbed Alton Jenkins while Jenkins was stopped at a stop sign in Plymouth last December.

Jenkins told police Carmichael “stuck a gun” in his face. Jenkins allegedly told Carmichael “you ain’t a f——ing killer” — so Carmichael shot him in the face, police said.

Jenkins returned fire, and Carmichael sustained a gunshot wound to the hand. He was treated for the hand wound at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, which led to him being identified as a person of interest.

Two days after the shooting, Jenkins identified Carmichael in a photo lineup — and then spotted him on the way home.

Officers arrived on scene, and they say Carmichael struggled with them in an attempt to get away, leading them down a rocky embankment and even biting one of the officers. Officers attempted to use a Taser on him, but this was unsuccessful.

Carmichael was initially facing additional charges of robbery, unlawfully possessing a firearm, escape and resisting arrest, but all these charges were withdrawn by prosecutors in exchange for the two guilty pleas.

He also pleaded guilty to a separate count of receiving stolen property.

Vough immediately sentenced Carmichael to an aggregate sentence of five to 10 years in state prison across the three counts. He was given 149 days credit for time served.

He was also ordered to pay for Jenkins’ medical bills and to pay Plymouth $67 for the spent Taser cartridge.

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By Patrick Kernan

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