Guilty pleas entered in killing
BATON ROUGE - Two people entered guilty pleas today in Baton Rouge in connection with the killing of a man who was later found dumped in Livingston Parish a year ago.
Jean Paul Creppel, 34, and Danielle Palermo, 26, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and armed robbery charges in the death of Jonathan Ellis, who was found shot to death in August 2011 at a Livingston Parish car wash.
Creppel, who authorities believe shot Ellis, was sentenced to 40 years without the benefit of parole. Palermo received just five years in return for cooperating with authorities against Creppel.
Investigators said they believe Ellis and Palermo rode together to a car wash on North Sherwood in Baton Rouge, where Creppel was waiting in a pickup. Once there, they said Creppel shot Ellis and put him in the trunk of his own car, then drove it to Livingston Parish and left it there.
The victim's family agreed to the plea deal, according to prosecutors.