Guilty plea entered in connection with Eastland Bowling Lanes shooting

Devonte Laval Webb, 22.
Devonte Laval Webb, 22.

A Lexington man entered a guilty plea in connection with the shooting death of another man at a bowling alley in 2013.

Devonte Laval Webb is charged with second-degree manslaughter, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and second-degree being a persistent felony offender in the slaying of Steven Reynolds at the Eastland Bowling Lanes, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Webb, 24, is also charged with tampering with evidence, but he's asking the court to dismiss that charge, the documents said.

Reynolds, 22, was shot just before midnight April 14, 2013, at the bowling alley during "Soul Bowl," an event designed for college-aged people. Four other people were wounded. The shooting started after a confrontation between groups of people that quickly turned violent, police said.

During a preliminary hearing for Webb, who was charged with the shooting two months later, Det. Steve McCown said a surveillance video captured the shooting and showed a man in a white hoodie and jeans running from a fight and firing a gun randomly over his shoulder into the crowd of more than 150. Police told Webb about the video during an interrogation. He asked to see it and admitted that he was the man shown shooting on the video, McCown said.

Police recovered 11 .22-caliber shell casings, and a .22 bullet was removed from Reynolds' body during an autopsy. Webb told police he had fired the gun 11 times, McCown said. Reynolds was about 3 feet from Webb when he was shot, McCown said.

Webb is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 27 and could face up to 20 years in jail. He was being held in the Fayette County jail.

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