Greenville, MS— Delvecchio Potts, 45 yoa, of Hollandale was convicted of Aggravated Assault following his plea of guilty on Monday, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.
On the 9th day of January, 2020, Greenville Police Department officers responded to what they believed to be a traffic accident when a concerned citizen flagged down the first responding officer who arrived on scene to find a pick-up truck crashed into a pole near the intersection of Colorado and Reed Road.
Once the officer was able to assess the scene, he observed apparent gunshot wounds sustained by the driver and the passenger side window laying in the street with several bullet holes in it. He immediately notified the department that he was reclassifying the area as a crime scene with a shot victim. Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene to render urgent care to the victim who was still slightly responsive. He was able to provide his name and the name of the suspected shooter—Delvecchio Potts.
Detectives with the department’s Criminal Investigation Division were notified and further investigation revealed that Potts had taken the phone of a woman believed to be an acquaintance of both Potts and the victim and sent text messages as if he was her—asking the victim to meet at one location, then another—luring the victim to a location on Colorado. Video surveillance was uncovered which showed the victim pulling into the parking lot before sitting in his truck for a few minutes, then preparing to leave. As he backed out of the parking spot, Potts walked up to the passenger side of the vehicle and fired several shots into the truck. The victim was struck multiple times, loss consciousness and crashed into a nearby pole.
Potts was subsequently indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury. He appeared in the Circuit Court of Washington County on Monday afternoon to enter his plea of guilty to the charge of Aggravated Assault. He was sentenced by Circuit Judge Carey-McCray to the District Attorney’s recommendation of twenty (20) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with thirteen (13) years to serve, and the remaining seven (7) years suspended so long as he successfully completes five (5) years of Post-Release Supervision.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kaylon McCou who expressed his gratitude to the concerned citizens of this community who immediately got the attention of nearby law enforcement. “Their quick actions led to an immediate response by first responders who rendered emergency care that just may have saved this man’s life,” he added.
The Office of the District Attorney thanks the officers of the Greenville Police Department for their consistent efforts in responding to the needs of their community and diligent detective work in bringing the victim in this case some sense of justice and closure.