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Man pleads guilty in mayor's shooting, claims city manager paid him

La'Shawn Moore (Source: Dougherty County Sheriff's Office) La'Shawn Moore (Source: Dougherty County Sheriff's Office)
In 2013, the former Dawson Mayor Christopher Wright was shot and his mother was tied up. (Source: WALB) In 2013, the former Dawson Mayor Christopher Wright was shot and his mother was tied up. (Source: WALB)
RANDOLPH CO., GA (WALB) -

A man charged in the shooting of the former Dawson Mayor pleaded guilty to aggravated assault charges in court on Tuesday. 

With the plea, he accused Dawson's city manager of paying him to carry out the crime. 

In 2013, the former Dawson Mayor Christopher Wright was shot and his mother was tied up.   

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La'Shawn Moore, the third man charged in the case, was indicted in December 2016 by a grand jury. He was charged with burglary, two counts of aggravated assault and false imprisonment. 

On Tuesday, in Randolph County, Moore pleaded guilty to aggravated assault charges. He also accused Dawson's city manager Barney Parnacott of paying him to do it. 

The shocking allegations come from a statement he made to the GBI. It was brought to light during the plea hearing. 

In a "GBI Statement Form" admitted as "Exhibit One" in court, Moore writes Dawson's City Manager Barney Parnacott came to Moore saying Mayor Christopher Wright was threatening to fire people from the city office and his job was in jeopardy. In the sworn statement, Moore said Parnacott wanted to "get rid of" Wright. 

Prosecutors said Moore was charged and indicted as a party to the crime in 2013. 

According to prosecutors, when Wright arrived home on Halloween night he was shot multiple times. They said Wright's mother was also tied up.

In the GBI statement, Moore described a scene in a cemetery sometime after the shooting, where he says Parnacott met him to pay for the crime.

He writes Parnacott "Gave me one-thousand-dollars, and that would be all he would pay due to the fact that Mayor Wright wasn't dead." 

One interesting fact we noticed in the written statement is that Moore lists the crime happening in 2014, although it actually occurred a year earlier. 

Right now, the GBI will not confirm if they have launched an investigation into Parnacott's possible involvement in Wright's attack. The acting Pataula Circuit District Attorney said he could not comment.

WALB has tried to reach out to Parnacott several times, but he has not returned our calls. 

We also reached out to the City Attorney Tommy Coleman. Coleman said he spoke with the prosecutors, who said they don't feel Moore is a credible source and they don't have enough evidence to take further action. 

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The District Attorney said Tuesday's plea was a negotiated recommendation. 

As part of the agreement, Moore would cooperate and testify truthfully in any future proceedings for co-conspirators. 

Moore was sentenced to 20 years behind bars, seven to serve on each count to run concurrent with each other and any sentences he is currently serving. 

Moore had been convicted in Dougherty County on several charges, including kidnapping and aggravated assault for a 2015 crime. 

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This is a developing story and WALB will continue to update it as information comes in. 

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