Bryant accepts plea deal in road rage shooting

Gerald Bryant (Source: LMDC)
Gerald Bryant (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville man accused of shooting another driver in a road-rage incident accepted a plea deal in the case on Tuesday.

In exchange for his guilty plea on one count of second degree assault and two counts of wanton endangerment, Gerald Bryant agreed to a 17-year prison sentence.  He will not be eligible for probation, but he will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of his sentence: approximately 3 ¼ years. Bryant will be credited for time already served.

Formal sentencing is scheduled for July 24.

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The shooting happened on March 12, 2011 at Fern Valley Road and Old Shepherdsville Road. Louisville Metro Police say Bryant got into an argument with another driver. Bryant told police the other driver cut him off.

Detectives said Bryant had a 4-year-old relative in the backseat when he shot the other driver several times. The victim was seriously injured.

Police arrested Bryant after a witness followed him home.

According to an arrest slip, Bryant also shot at another vehicle while traveling east on Old Shepherdsville Road. No one was injured in that incident.

WAVE 3 did some digging and found that Bryant has had several issues on the road. In 2004, Bryant was arrested for DUI, in 2007, he was ticketed for following a vehicle too closely, and in 2010, he got a speeding ticket.

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