A Killeen man has been sentenced to prison after shooting a gun at another resident of his apartment complex in an incident earlier this year.
Last week in the 27th Judicial District Court, Nafese Emanuel Watson, 33, was sentenced to three years in prison, according to First Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Newell. Judge John Gauntt presides over the 27th Judicial District Court.
Watson pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was notified on March 24, days after the shooting.
Around 10 a.m. on March 22, Killeen police were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 700 block of Santa Rosa Drive in reference to a call for gunfire. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle damaged by gunfire, according to the arrest affidavit. No injuries were reported.
The victim told police he had just arrived at the apartment complex when Watson began shooting at him. Police found several .40 caliber shell casings in the parking lot where the shooting occurred, police said.
Officers also spoke with witnesses who helped identify Watson.
“Through investigation, it has been revealed that the victim and suspect, Watson, were involved in a prior incident,” according to KPD, previously.
In an interview, Watson told police he believed the victim had attempted to rob or kill him the previous weekend, according to the affidavit.
He said when he saw the victim enter the compound, he retrieved his gun and started shooting.
Police searched Watson’s apartment and found a .40 caliber firearm.
In an unrelated case that was decided in the same courtroom last week, Morris Smith Jr., 41, of Killeen was sentenced to deferred probation for using a gun to threaten multiple people in 2020.
Smith pleaded guilty May 26 in the 27th Judicial District Court to two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a second-degree felony. He was sentenced last week to 10 years of deferred probation, according to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.
He was released from jail after posting $100,000 bond, according to Bell County court records.
On December 23, 2020, Killeen police were dispatched to a residence in town. There, officers encountered four people “who said they were gathered at this residence when … Smith arrived with a gun,” according to the arrest affidavit. “They each reported that the suspect was angry and yelled at them and pointed a gun in each of their faces before exiting the residence. Once (Smith was) outside the residence, they reported hearing a gunshot. Officers located a casing outside the residence.
Police located Smith at his residence, where he admitted to going to the other house with a gun because he was angry that his wife was home while another man was present.
“He described the incident as a ‘scare tactic’,” according to the affidavit. “(Smith) denied pointing the gun at anyone or shooting.”
SPIT ON A POLICEMAN
In a separate case in the 264th Judicial District Court last week, Judge Paul LePak sentenced a Harker Heights woman to deferred probation after police said the woman spat at an officer during a incident last year.
Maria Gonzalez Cejay, 26, was sentenced to four years probation with deferred trial on a third-degree felony charge of harassment of a public official. She will also have to write a letter of apology, according to court records.
She pleaded guilty on July 28.
On May 25, 2021, Heights police arrested Cejay for drunk driving.
“Heights Police requested a search warrant to obtain (his) blood,” according to the arrest affidavit. “Cejay was taken to hospital for blood to be drawn. Then, officers prepared to transport Cejay to jail.
Police say Cejay spat at the officer who was putting her into a patrol vehicle.