Man who killed cousin gets 50 years in prison
HOUMA - A 35-year-old Houma man convicted of manslaughter last December has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after being billed as a habitual offender.
Authorities say Lashawn Smith shot his second cousin, 27-year-old Quincy Smith, in a dispute over drug money on Dec. 31, 2010.
Quincy's body was found more than a year later in a wooded area behind the Smithridge community in Chauvin.
The Courier reports Lashawn was sentenced Tuesday by state District Judge Randall Bethancourt.
Lashawn was convicted in 2003 of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and twice in 2007 on the same charge and second-degree battery. The manslaughter conviction was his fourth.