Posted: Apr 25, 2012 2:32 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS- A judge who overturned a gang leader's earlier conviction and death sentence for a quintuple killing in 2006 has given him 80 years for manslaughter.
Orleans Parish Criminal District Judge Lynda Van Davis said her earlier ruling troubled her but was forced by prosecutors' failure to turn over crucial evidence.
She gave five 80-year terms on Tuesday to Michael "MikeMike" Anderson, who pleaded "no contest" to manslaughter as part of a deal with state and federal prosecutors. The sentences are to run at the same time as his federal life sentence.
The "no contest" plea does not acknowledge guilt but accepts punishment. Defense attorney Richard Bourke says Anderson maintains his innocence.
Anderson pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering, drug and other murder charges.