William Carl Stanfield pleaded guilty in Caddo District Court Tuesday, January 31, 2023, to a burglary where he and his victim traded gunfire.

Stanfield, 25, of Mooringsport, admitted in District Judge Donald E. Hathaway Jr.’s court to a June 2, 2021 break-in of an elderly Vivian man’s home. Stanfield armed himself with a gun he found in the residence and retreated to a closet when the 73-year-old victim, summoned by his alarm service, returned home. After the exchange of shots, the homeowner held Stanfield at gunpoint until police arrived.

Neither man suffered any wounds, and it is believed Stanfield’s behavior was occasioned by extensive methamphetamine use. When arrested, he appeared incoherent, exhibited paranoia and imagined he had suffered non-existent injuries, prosecutors say.

Stanfield pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary. When he returns to Judge Hathaway’s court April 3, 2023, he faces up to 30 years in prison at hard labor.

Stanfield was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Clinton Bryce Kinley. He was defended by John Bokenfohr.

The case was docket No. 383329.