Second defendant in Sargent homicide pleads guilty to lesser charges

Monday, September 9, 2013 | 5:51 p.m. CDT; updated 9:03 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 9, 2013

COLUMBIA — One of two people charged in the killing of Lamont Sargent pleaded guilty to four lesser charges on Monday.

Larrell Montez Banks, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted distribution of a controlled substance and one count of hindering the prosecution in connection with Sargent's March 2012 murder. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution from a separate 2010 case.

An earlier charge of second-degree murder was dropped, according to Stan Clay, the attorney for Banks.

Sargent was found shot inside his home near Eighth Street and Park Avenue on March 4, 2012. He died shortly after arriving at University Hospital.

Banks was arrested the day after the shooting and charged with second-degree murder. A second defendant, Durantrae Logan, 21, was arrested in August 2012 and received the same charge.

Logan pleaded guilty to second degree murder on Aug. 7 and received a 20 year sentence. Banks' sentencing hearing is scheduled for late October.

Banks and Logan went to Sargent's home to sell him cocaine, Clay said. During the exchange, Logan shot and killed Sargent, who was 39. Banks then drove Logan away from the scene.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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