POLICE — 17-year-old sentenced to 20 years following 2022 fatal shooting in Port Arthur

Published 11:58 am Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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A local teenager has been sentenced to two decades in jail, according to authorities, following a fatal 2022 shooting.

The Port Arthur Police Department announced 17-year-old Kharin Lee White was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison after he accepted a plea bargain for the Sept. 10, 2022, shooting death of Quarderious Terrell Jordan, a 26-year-old Port Arthur resident.

White pleaded to a charge of manslaughter, according to police, who said he was 15 years old at the time of the shooting but certified in Judge Larry Thorne’s court to stand trial as an adult.

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“We want to recognize the hard work of Det. Adam Cousins and the other detectives and responding officers who all contributed to the successful filing and conviction of this case,” a PAPD release stated. “We want to also thank prosecutor Luke Nichols with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.”


Witnesses told police a suspect, “Kharin,” came to Avery Trace with females where Jordan was lured from one of the apartments, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Jordan exited the apartment and “Kharin” allegedly began shooting at him, authorities said.

Witnesses also said Jordan drew a concealed firearm and shot back in defense at the shooter before the shooter fled on foot.

Jordan collapsed on scene and a “secondary physical fight ensued before police were contacted,” the document read.

A witness allegedly identified Kharin Lee White through a social media website photo that the witness located.

Another witness reportedly identified the shooter as White and detectives received several anonymous calls stating the shooter was a 15-year-old named Kharin, according to the document.

White, accompanied by a guardian, later turned himself in to police.