Ray Co. Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting

| March 7, 2013
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One of the two men accused of chasing down and shooting at a vehicle on Oct. 14, 2012 has pleaded guilty.  Zarek Cook, 21, of Richmond, was initially charged with discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, armed criminal action, assault, resisting arrest, and possession of marijuana.  He pleaded guilty Wednesday to three felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon, assault, and resisting arrest.  Cook also admitted to possessing a controlled substance, which is a misdemeanor.

He received a total of ten years in the Missouri Department of Corrections (four years for the weapons violation and six years on the assault charge), but Ray County Judge David Miller suspended the execution of sentence and placed him on five years probation, according to online records.  In addition, Cook was ordered to pay more than $400 in court costs.  Court documents indicate that those fees will be covered by the bond amount he posted in Jan. 2013.

Christopher Graham, 19, and Nichole Woods, 26, both of Richmond, were also arrested during the investigation.  Graham pleaded guilty to similar charges in mid-February.  He received five years probation.  Woods, who was listed in the probable cause statement as Cook’s girlfriend, is facing a pair of drug-related charges.  She reportedly gave verbal consent for authorities to search her car, where they found marijuana and pills.  She will return to court on Apr. 9 at 9:30 a.m.

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