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A 23-year-old parolee accused of shooting up a Little Rock house full of children in the middle of the night and wounding a woman has accepted a 15-year prison sentence.

Sentencing papers filed Monday show Reshad Dejun Smith of North Little Rock pleaded no contest to first-degree battery, felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of committing a terroristic act in exchange for the 15-year term imposed by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herb Wright.

He faced a maximum of 120 years in prison on the four charges, each a Class B felony that carries a possible 30-year sentence for a habitual offender like Smith.

Under the conditions of Smith's plea agreement, negotiated by deputy prosecutor Cole Lorigan and public defender Julia Jackson, four other terroristic act charges were dropped.

According to police reports and court filings, a ShotSpotter gunshot detection alert just before 3 a.m. July 8, 2019, brought Little Rock police to 4700 W 25th St., the home of Thomas and Anneisha Hollis. The couple had been married a little more than three months.

Anneisha Hollis, 29, told investigators someone had been banging on their front door and her husband went to see who it was. She said she heard a commotion followed by gunshots, one of which struck her as she tried to hide.

Her 4-year-old daughter and four nieces, ages 6 and younger, were in the house asleep when the shooting started, Hollis told police. No one else was injured.

Her husband was "visibly upset" and didn't want to talk to Little Rock detectives, according to the report. Thomas Hollis was arrested that same night by North Little Rock police on a domestic violence charge involving a former girlfriend, 22-year-old Kenunna Johnson, court filings show.

About a week after the shooting, Thomas Hollis consented to an interview with Little Rock detectives, telling them that when he'd opened his front door that night he found Smith, who is Johnson's brother, her sister, the sister's boyfriend and a third man he didn't know.

Hollis told detectives that Smith had a gun and that the group had tried to force their way inside but he managed to close the door, which is when the shooting began.

"Mr. Hollis stated that he was angry at the situation and didn't originally speak to the police because he wanted to handle the situation himself," the arrest report states.

Questioned by police, Johnson's sister said Hollis had gotten into a physical fight that same night with Johnson -- which led to the domestic violence charge against him -- and that he had taken her sister's car. Kayla Nicole Johnson, 24, said the group found the vehicle parked at the Hollis home but she did not know who was shooting.

Her boyfriend, 24-year-old Edzimon Lyons, told police that Smith and the man with him, whom he knew only as Torrez, were arguing with Hollis when the shooting started. Police tracked down Smith about a week after the shooting and arrested him. He's been in custody ever since.

Torrez Dijion Hillard, 22, of North Little Rock was with Smith when he was arrested. Hillard told investigators that he had been with the group that night but had not gotten out of the car. He said he heard shots that night but didn't know anyone had been shot until he saw it on the news.

Court records show Smith was on parole for a January 2015 robbery conviction he received for participating in the June 2014 armed robbery of a pregnant pizza delivery woman in Sherwood when Smith was 16.

He and his brother, Antonio Dewayne Fairchild, who was 19, and Jerod Juwan Crutchfield, who was also 19, ambushed Tawny Martenson with Marco's Pizza at the apartments at 311 King Place but were arrested shortly after the holdup, court files show.

All three pleaded guilty to robbery, reduced from aggravated robbery, in exchange for a sentence of 10 years in prison followed by a five-year suspended sentence.

Hollis faces two felony domestic battering charges involving Kenunna Johnson. He's accused of punching her several times in a December 2018 incident, about 10 months after she had given birth to their daughter, court records show.

He was free on bail on that charge when he was arrested over allegations that the night of the shooting he had beaten her up again in front of their child, despite knowing she was 30 weeks pregnant, court records show.

Hollis has a 2013 conviction for domestic battering for hitting his sister-in-law, Lisa Whitehead, with a tire tool.

In 2015, Hollis, who also has convictions for fleeing and hit and run, pleaded no contest to second-degree battery over accusations that he had shot another man, Chance Kumpe, in April 2014 in Little Rock.


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