Man gets prison term for Tempe drug deal, shooting, chase

Posted at 1:51 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 16:51:54-04

A man charged in an attempted drug transaction and shooting in Tempe and a subsequent lockdown of a Phoenix airport terminal has been sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Layron Dejarnette was sentenced Thursday.

He pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit sale or transportation of marijuana, unlawful flight, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Authorities say the 27-year-old Dejarnette and two co-defendants went to a Tempe gas station in September 2014 to meet a man and buy $700 worth of marijuana.

They told police the man got into their car and took out a gun and was shot in the ensuing struggle.

The three suspects were pursued in a high-speed chase that ended at Terminal 4 of Sky Harbor International Airport.