Teen pleads guilty in Carver High School shooting

Christopher Lamont Richardson

Christopher Lamont Richardson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem student pleaded guilty today to shooting another teen at Carver High School last August.

Christopher Lamont Richardson, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, was sentenced in Forsyth County Superior Court to between two years and three years, two months in prison.

He was also placed on supervised probation for three years.

He was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm on school property, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm within city limits.

According to eyewitnesses and police, the shooting happened outside of the school building at the end of a scheduled fire drill. Officer Tim Wilson, a school resource officer assigned to Carver, called in the shooting.

Wilson, a 25-year police veteran, saw the shooting and arrested the suspect without incident, Chief Barry Rountree said at a news conference on the day of the incident.

According to police, Antwain Deshaun Porter, 15, was shot with a .38-caliber handgun. A witness said four or five shots were fired. Police said that the shooting stemmed from an on-going dispute between Porter and Richardson.

A contingent of 30 to 60 police officers responded to the scene and officers delayed traffic in front of Carver High School. Carver officials followed the district’s lockdown procedures for its schools immediately after the shooting.

Police set up an area at nearby Russell Community Center where parents could pick up their children. Authorities allowed school buses one at a time to pick up riders, so police could account for every student.

School officials released students to their parents or buses about 4:15 p.m. that day, and students were patted down before getting on buses.

A Carver home football game that was scheduled that night against Reynolds High School was postponed.

Richardson had previously been convicted of bringing a knife to school during the 2011-12 school year while attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. From court records, it appears Richardson enrolled in Carver High School the following year.

On Dec. 14, 2012, Richardson was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed gun and possession of marijuana. He was accused of having a .25-caliber handgun.

Then in January 2013, Richardson was charged with misdemeanor second-degree trespassing and resisting a public officer.

According to court records, he was accused of trespassing on property in the 1000 block of 15th Street that belonged to the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem. He was also accused of failing to stop when a police officer told him to do so.

At the time, he was a sophomore at Carver High School.

That May, as part of a plea arrangement, Richardson pleaded guilty in Forsyth District Court to the charge of carrying a concealed weapon, and Assistant District Attorney Aaron Berlin voluntarily dismissed the other charges.

Forsyth District Judge Victoria Roemer gave Richardson a suspended sentence of 45 days in jail and placed him on 18 months of unsupervised probation. Roemer ordered the handgun be destroyed.

Porter was involved in the 2011 beating of Rickie Wilson, a 58-year-old man with learning disabilities. At the time, prosecutors requested that Porter be tried as an adult, but a judge denied that request.

It was recommended that Porter spend a minimum of six months at a locked juvenile training center.

11 comments

  • 2Cents

    Bring a loaded gun on school property — shoot somebody with it— while currently on parole. And walk away with just two years prison time.

    Unbelievable.

    • Venus

      I agree with everyone so far. This is simple really. He didn’t get the punishment a regular person would because he is black. It is that simple. Oh, and he could be Obama’s son.

  • TC (@imtayhenchay)

    Honestly that’s pretty lenient. Only 2 or 3 years? A few years ago a kid shot a kid in his school, wounding him, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison (name is Robert Gladden, he was 15). I’m saying 2-3 years is really lax.

  • j r nance (@rnance1950)

    Just another almost “No Sentencing” of a 100% Criminal of the Worst Judicial System in the entire Country, this thug only got maybe 2 or 3 years at the most for all of his Criminal Activity & now he will be even more of a Thug when he gets out in about a year & commits an even worst crime, this judge & Slime Lawyers that thought up this mess should be Disbarred, Tarred & Feathered & run out of the State & not be allowed to practice law again….

  • FaithC

    “He was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm on school property, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm within city limits.”
    …and he only got 2 to 3 years? This is why we have so many habitual offenders. They know they will get almost no jail time. He will be out in 2 years to do it all over again.

  • Cheerios

    Judges must be getting alot of money nowadays from the ghetto boys because they all certainly seem to be getting off with almost zero jail time for serious crimes!

  • B

    He will be rehabilitated after his 2 years while in prison and become a respectable citizen. Our prison system and our government sponsored healthcare system works. It works best for our prisoners because it’s all free along with the educational classes he will have access to. the victim he shot was probably just as bad and will join him soon.

  • Jameson

    hang that monkey, he has a great start on a criminal history, and now after shooting someone at school he gets 2 years, when he gets out. he will probably kill someone, and that could have been prevented if the courts had done their job to begin with, That’s ok, he’s black, they don’t want to be to harsh, if he were white, he would be executed, The race card is all they have to bargan with

  • Bette Moats

    It is astounding that anyone can say this isn’t like other school shootings and/or treat it any differently. A student brought a loaded gun to school with the intent of murdering another student, plain and clear with an illegal firearm. As long as our system continues to make excuses we will always have gun violence. The prosecuting attorney should be fired and the Judge should be brought up for review. The media should be ashamed for even entertaining the thought this was some how Bullying especially with everything our schools are doing to eliminate bullying. This is crazy! Everyone involved in this debacle stands with the possible future blood of our children on your hands and you should be ashamed of yourselves!

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