Former LSU tight end pleads guilty in truck stop shooting

A former LSU football player is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to three counts of attempted second-degree murder in a 2011 shooting at a Port Allen truck stop.

Demetri Robinson, 5223 Sand Drive, Port Allen, entered his plea in the 18th Judicial District Court on Monday — a day before he was to stand trial for shooting several employees at the Cajun Circus Casino truck stop on Sept. 18, 2011.

Robinson, 32, will be sentenced Nov. 5. He faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

Robinson shot a cashier then fired shots at two other employees after he was asked to leave the casino on U.S. 190.

Detectives said Robinson had been banned from the casino for fondling an employee.

When he showed up the night of Sept. 18, Robinson became hostile and started shooting after the cashier reminded him he was no longer allowed at the truck stop, authorities have said.

He shot the cashier in the head from point-blank range. The woman, whose name was never released by authorities, survived the shooting. He originally was booked on attempted first-degree murder.

Robinson, who played tight end on the 2003 LSU National Championship football team, fled the casino after the shooting.