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Second man charged in Tulsa barber shop shooting takes plea deal

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Chadrick Colbert (left) and Dezmen Smith

Chadrick Colbert (left) and Dezmen Smith:

Both were charged in the death of Keith Liggins, a barber who was shot while cutting the hair of the intended gang target.

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A Tulsa man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for his role in a gang-related shooting that killed a man and injured three others at a north Tulsa barber shop in February 2015.

Chadrick Lamont “Fat Cat” Colbert, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of being an accessory after the fact to murder and three counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon in the Feb. 6, 2015, death of Keith Liggins, as well as the shootings of barber Lawrence Harris and customers Randy Pierce and Sheldon Williams.

District Judge Bill LaFortune handed down a 15-year sentence on each charge, which he ordered to run concurrently with each other and with a sentence from a federal case related to a large-scale drug business in Tulsa operated by the Hoover Crips gang.

LaFortune additionally sentenced Colbert to 10 years in prison in a 2011 case in which the state sought to accelerate his deferred sentence because he had been charged in the barber shop shootings. That sentence will also run concurrently.

Colbert received a 15-year sentence in the federal case on Wednesday after pleading guilty in June to one count of drug conspiracy related to the “Operation Battlefield” indictments.

Colbert’s attorney, M.J. Denman, told LaFortune that Colbert was “remorseful for what he has done” in regard to the shooting at the Gifted Hands Barber and Beauty Shop, 1219 N. Sheridan Road, which occurred during a fight with a member of the Neighborhood Crips. He said after the hearing that Colbert held himself responsible for his actions “since day one,” noting that Colbert was also shot in the buttocks that day.

Liggins had been cutting the hair of Chris Ruff, the intended target, when he was shot, according to Tulsa World archives.

Prosecutors moved earlier this week to amend a first-degree murder charge to accessory after the fact, with Assistant District Attorney Isaac Shields saying Friday that Colbert did “very well” when he testified in trial against his co-defendant, Dezmen “Dash” Smith, and in the federal case. Smith was convicted of first-degree murder but acquitted of all three assault charges and is serving a life sentence in Liggins’ death.

Colbert told the jury during Smith’s trial that he agreed to testify because he did not want to spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime in which he was not the shooter. He said he was waiting inside the shop for Harris to cut his hair when Ruff told him, “I got somethin’ for you,” which he perceived as a threat because he and Ruff were in rival gangs.

He said he told Smith later that day that Ruff threatened him and asked if Smith would go to the shop with him. Both returned to the barber shop and went inside, which is when the shootout began, Colbert said, adding that Ruff fired back at Smith in the melee.

Denman said Friday that Colbert will serve his sentence in Bureau of Prisons custody, and that he hopes the agency assigns Colbert to the federal prison in El Reno so he will be able to more easily see his daughter while incarcerated.

Samantha Vicent


Twitter: @samanthavicent


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