By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
A Richmond man who is well-acquainted with the Madison County court system was indicted Wednesday on a charge of complicity to first-degree assault in a December shooting.
Tyler Gibbs, 20, of Edwards Lane, could serve 10 to 20 years in prison if he is convicted of the charge.
The new indictment adds to the numerous charges Gibbs faces in four other felony cases and two misdemeanor cases currently pending in Madison Circuit and District courts.
Gibbs is accused of “aiding and assisting” two other unknown men in the Dec. 7 shooting of 27-year-old Jacob Newman near Central Court, according to a Richmond Police Department report and the indictment.
A resident called 911 when he found Newman, who had been shot twice in the back, on his front porch.
Newman said he had been walking on the nearby railroad tracks when he was approached by three men. He identified Gibbs as one of his assailants.
In a different case, Gibbs is accused of participating in an armed robbery that occurred in March on O’Roark Avenue.
Three people reported being approached by four armed men who stole several items from them, including two handguns and more than $1,100 in cash, according to the RPD.
Gibbs was charged in connection with the December shooting after he was incarcerated in the March robbery case.
Also when he was arrested in March, Gibbs was served with several outstanding arrest warrants on the charges of third-degree terroristic threatening, menacing, harassment, two counts of second-degree fleeing and evading police, carrying a concealed weapon, tampering with physical evidence and failure to appear.
Police allege all these crimes occurred from January to March of this year.
One of Gibbs’ ongoing cases is from 2011 when he was still a student at Madison Central High School. He and two other teens are accused of beating and robbing another teen in the parking lot of Peddler’s Mall.
Gibbs remains in the Madison County Detention Center on a $22,000 cash bond. The victim in the shooting, Newman, also has been in the Madison County jail since Jan. 8 on charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, receiving stolen property (handgun) and tampering with physical evidence.
Others indicted Wednesday and their charges were:
• Leon Benson and Shawn-ta Pernell Patterson, conspiracy to first-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance. Benson also was indicted on charges of tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and second-degree persistent felony offender. Patterson was indicted as a first-degree persistent felony offender.
• Shawn-ta Pernell Patterson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony offender.
• Keith McKinney, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol (first offense), operating on a suspended/revoke operator’s license and failure to produce insurance card.
• Anthony W. Johnson, 18 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, misuse of electronic information, theft by unlawful taking, two counts of theft by deception, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony offender.
• Patrick Crawley, fraudulent use of a credit card. Also indicted in the same case was Kelly Smith on a charge of complicity to fraudulent use of a credit card.
• Christopher R. Dean, theft by deception.
• Amy L. Mullins, trafficking in marijuana (more than 5 pounds), receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Rocky Higgins and William Creech, four counts of third-degree burglary. Also indicted in the same case was Barry Crouch, three counts of third-degree burglary. All defendant were indicted on a charge of criminal attempt to commit third-degree burglary. Finally, Higgins was indicted as a first-degree persistent felony offender.
• William Minter, trafficking in marijuana and first-degree persistent felony offender.
(Editor’s Note: Grand jury indictments do not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.)