Beaumont man guilty in carjacking, death

Jonathan Demond Patton

A 25-year-old Beaumont man Jonathan Demond Patton has pleaded guilty to the federal violation of carjacking resulting in death.

According to information presented in court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin, early on the morning of June 23, 2015, Patton and River Shynette Gobert entered a self-service laundry on Florida Avenue in Beaumont intending to rob the sole occupant. When the victim refused to hand over his car keys, Gobert shot him in the leg at Patton’s direction. Patton and Gobert fled the laundry in their vehicle without the victim’s keys. They drove by an apartment complex on Woodrow Avenue where they encountered Daryl Dwayne Fontenot asleep in his vehicle. A struggle ensued when Patton and Gobert attempted to steal the vehicle and Fontenot was shot twice in the chest, killing him. Patton and Gobert fled in their vehicle after they were unable to locate Fontenot’s keys. A short time later, law enforcement officers stopped Patton and Gobert because their vehicle matched the vehicle reported in the self-service laundry shooting. Patton and Gobert fled the vehicle but left behind the weapon used to shoot the two men. Patton and Gobert were arrested and each gave statements indicating the other was responsible for the shootings. Sep. 23, 2013, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted Patton and Gobert for the self-service laundry shooting. Gobert pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in state prison. Patton pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. March 5, 2015, a federal grand jury indicted Patton and Gobert, charging them for the carjacking murder of Fontenot.

Patton faces up to life in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.