A man charged with shooting and killing an 11-year-old girl in a car in Madison in 2020 pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree reckless murder in an agreement with prosecutors.
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Jerry Ward, who was 17 at the time of Anissa Scott’s shooting, was initially charged with first degree willful murder as a party to the crime. This charge and one of the bail-jumping felonies were dismissed in a plea bargain, along with several other felonies pending against Ward dating back to 2020.
Prosecutors are recommending 20 years in prison for Ward, followed by 10 years of extended supervision. No sentencing hearings are scheduled. Ward’s bail was revoked.
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Ward’s co-defendants, Andre Brown and Perrion Calleon, have already pleaded guilty and were convicted in Scott’s death. Brown was sentenced to 35 years in prison, followed by 25 years of supervising extension, and Carreon was sentenced to 30 years, followed by 25 years of supervising extension.
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Investigators said they believed the driver of Scott’s car was the target of the shooting.