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Hoopfest arrestee strikes plea deal

Tue., Sept. 14, 2010

One of four men arrested after shots were fired at Hoopfest is expected to leave jail this week.

Rashjel G. “Reggie” Cage, 24, pleaded guilty to felony riot and unlawful possession of a firearm Monday in a plea deal that dismissed about a dozen attempted murder charges.

Prosecutors will also drop the attempted murder charges against the three remaining defendants and will instead seek five counts of first-degree assault, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault along with riot and firearms charges.

Cage was accused of passing a gun to Miguel C. Garcia at Hoopfest on June 26. Garcia fired several shots into the crowd after approaching rival gang members, police say. The bullets hit three bystanders.

Garcia remains in jail, along with Adam Doe, 19, and Marquis D. Johnson, 22.

Cage faces 26 to 34 months in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 14, but Deputy Prosecutor Steve Garvin said he’ll ask for an exceptionally low sentence if Cage cooperates. Garvin also recommended Cage be released from jail before his sentencing. Cage’s family said they expect him to be home within a couple of days.

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