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'Mall shooter' Ricky Neal, Jr., gets 5 more years

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Ricky Neal, Jr. mugshot. (Source: Smith Co. jail) Ricky Neal, Jr. mugshot. (Source: Smith Co. jail)
Already convicted and sentence to life in prison in the shooting death of a Tyler man in the mall parking lot, Ricky Neal, Jr., has received a second sentence of five more years in prison to be served concurrently.

Along with the charge of first degree murder for the shooting death of 23-year-old Christopher Mass, Ricky Neal, Jr., was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the attempted shooting of Jonathan Lamone Dews, 29, of Tyler.

Monday morning in court, Neal pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. No jury was in the courtroom when Judge Kerry Russell sentenced Neal to five more years of confinement added on to his current life sentence. That sentence was handed down on May 13 in Smith County.

Neal was convicted of the murder of  Mass, a 23-year-old Chapel Hill graduate. Neal shot Mass in the parking lot of the mall in Tyler back in February 2013. This trial was delayed several times over the last year. Ricky Neal’s defense attorney said at that time that Neal will appeal the case. He said Neal has 30 days from today to file that appeal.

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