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Nicholasville police charge Lexington man in Brannon Crossing shooting

Nicholasville police have filed more charges against a Lexington man in the Oct. 29 shooting at a Mexican restaurant in Brannon Crossing.

Frederick Lester, 30, is charged with first-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a handgun, police said in a news release.

He already was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment as a result of the shooting at Mi Pequeña Hacienda.

Lester was indicted recently after the Kentucky State Police crime lab confirmed the round found in the shooting victim, Howard Jones, matched the round that was in the weapon seized from Lester at the time of the shooting.

Jones, 19, of Lexington was shot in the head as he was leaving the restaurant with a group of people about 2 a.m. Oct. 29. Jones has since been released from University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, said Officer Kevin Grimes, spokesman for the Nicholasville police.

Lester remains in the Jessamine County Detention Center.

Another defendant, Mindy N. Wilkerson, 22, of Lexington, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment in the shooting.

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