Oak Park Shooting Suspects Head to Court, Plead Guilty

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Five shooting suspects head to trial today after a 2011 mass shooting in Montgomery's Oak Park left 8 people injured.

Two groups of men are accused of shooting at each other in Oak Park.. Today they pleaded guilty to assault and conspiracy to commit murder.

There are seven men total accused of shooting in Montgomery's Oak Park in 2011. Now, five of them pleaded guilty to their charges. Montgomery County Deputy District Attorney Scott Green tells us he's not surprised.

"It was not unexpected for them to come in and plead," says Green. "I think they thought they could do a little better for themselves by coming in and being honest and accepting responsibility for what they did."

Director of Parks and Recreation Scott Miller says there have been many changes made to Oak Park as a result of the shooting. Miller says Montgomery police are now notified when park facilities are rented. He also says changes were made to make the park more inviting.

"We added a new entrance that would be adjacent to Alabama State and we put wifi back there with the students... or any public. We did a playground back there."

Miller says Oak Park hasn't had an incident since and says he believes the park is a safe place.

"That was an isolated situation with two different groups of people that was retaliation," Miller says. "We just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time."

Still, many lives were altered as a result of the mass shooting. Late last year, Ladarrin McCall was convicted and sentenced to 100 years in prison for his involvement. Green says he believes justice was served

"We think that was a fair sentence for what was going on out there at Oak Park."

One defendant did not plead today. We're told his case is still pending.

Defendants will be sentenced June 14th.

 



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