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Plea deal in case linked to 2013 parade violence

  // Saturday, 23 August 2014 10:15 //
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -

Court papers show that a man charged as a member of the street gang authorities have linked to a shooting spree at a 2013 Mother's Day parade in New Orleans has made a deal with prosecutors.

Documents filed Thursday say 25-year-old Richmond Smith admitted to selling heroin as part of the Frenchmen and Derbigny gang and has pleaded guilty to a single gun charge.

Reports say that the deal requires Smith's cooperation with prosecutors.

In the Mother's Day shooting, brothers Akein (ah-KEEN) and Shawn Scott are accused of firing into a crowd, seeking to settle a score against a rival gang member. Twenty people were hurt.

The shooting is one element of an indictment accusing the Scotts, Smith and others of being part of a drug trafficking conspiracy.

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