ATLANTIC CITY MAN PLEADS AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

An Atlantic City man pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for shooting a man in the leg in 2009, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.

In accordance with the plea agreement, Isaiah Toulson, 26, will be sentenced on Feb. 25 to seven years in prison of which he must serve 85-percent or five years, 11 months and 12 days, according to Assistant Prosecutor Mario Formica.

On Jan. 5, 2009, Atlantic City Police officers responded to the 700 block of North Indiana Avenue following a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, Officers found a man later identified as Lavar Hands suffering from a gunshot wound in the leg at the Indiana Avenue residence of his relative.  Police Officer Frank Timek and his K-9 partner Vader arrived at the scene and were able to develop a track from the point of attack to an apartment on North Michigan Avenue. Inside the apartment Officers recovered clothing worn by Toulson. The next day Toulson was apprehended and found to be in possession of a handgun linking him to the shooting, Assistant Prosecutor Formica.

In addition to pleading guilty to the assault charge, Toulson also pleaded guilty to three unrelated indictments charging drug and weapon offenses for which he will be required to serve five years in prison which would run concurrent to prison term for shooting Hands, Assistant Prosecutor Formica said.