A 38-year-old man accused of a shooting an innocent bystander outside a downtown Burlington bar in 2018 has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that could put him in prison for 15 years.
Rashad Nashid has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Burlington to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the plea agreement, defense attorneys and prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 11 to 15 years. If the judge agrees, pending state charges that Nashid is facing as a result of this same incident will be dismissed.
Nashid originally entered a not guilty plea on the gun charges, which were brought after the February 26th, 2018 shooting outside Nectar’s on Main Street in Burlington. Police say Nashid got into a dispute with another man and fired a handgun on a sidewalk crowded with bar patrons, hitting a 27-year-old woman in the chest. She nearly died but has since recovered.
Rashad was arrested while walking away from the scene. The Burlington Police found a handgun on him. He wasn’t allowed to have a firearm because he had prior felony convictions on his record.
Further investigation turned up a Facebook video of Nashid firing an AR-15-style weapon at a shooting range in Charlotte. Witnesses told police the video had been taken the day before the Nectar’s shooting.
At the time of the shooting, Nashid was out on bail, awaiting trial on an unrelated felony cocaine possession charge. He eventually pleaded guilty to that charge and received a six-month sentence.