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Man who fired gun in Henderson hospital gets probation

Posted June 27, 2013

— A Henderson man who fired a gun inside Maria Parham Medical Center three months ago was placed on probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to lesser charges, authorities said.

Jan-Michael Vincent Lassiter, 29, of 106 Gwynn Pond Road, pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and injury to personal property. Charges of discharging a firearm into occupied property and going armed to the terror of the public were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Lassiter was placed on probation for 18 months and was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and to pay $450 in restitution to the hospital.

The gun was fired in a restroom in the hospital emergency room. No one was injured.


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  • mfarmer1 Jun 27, 2013

    why did he fire the gun?

  • Quagmire Jun 27, 2013

    His concealaed carry permit should be revoked. If he didn't have one he should be charged with a felony.

  • Bill of Rights Jun 27, 2013

    I'm a gun owner and I think this is ridiculous. This guy should be seeing the inside of a prison cell for a while.

  • trianglerelic Jun 27, 2013

    Seriously? Instead of imposing stricter penalties for gun crimes, we are allowing criminals, attempted murderers to plea bargain..
    I'm a gun owner and this scares me. I don't believe that Gun Control will ever work. Gun control only punishes legal gun owners. We need to place focus on punishing criminals, not making life more difficult for law abiding people.

  • heavye Jun 27, 2013

    Gotta love plea bargains......

  • outhousecat Jun 27, 2013

    So now he's got misdemeanor convictions and can go ahead and purchase another gun? SMH

    And that's beside the point that I'm guessing he's mentally ill and got access to a gun anyway. There's not enough money to pay me to work in a hospital ED.

  • Relic Jun 27, 2013

    Hey, let a potential terrorist get a lighter sentence, let a guy that shot up a hospital ER bathroom off with a slap. Whooo hooo! We just want EVERYONE happy! Baahhh.

  • puzzled Jun 27, 2013

    I wonder if I go and rob a bank if I can get it pled down to indecent entry into an occupied facility? How in the name of all that is right can one go into an occupied building and fire a weapon and then the DA's Office plea it down to anything less. Are they to --- lazy to go to court and try this person? I am getting scared in this country that we call America. Hope a new territory will be discovered soon.