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Manslaughter plea in death of former mob figure

4 months 6 days 9 hours ago Thursday, July 12 2018 Jul 12, 2018 July 12, 2018 1:23 PM July 12, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: Nola.com/The Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man accused of killing a former New Orleans mob figure has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Nola.com ' The Times-Picayune reports that 53-year-old William Bonham pleaded guilty Thursday in the death of his roommate Kent Brouillette, known as "Frenchy." Brouillette was a longtime associate of reputed New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello, and also was a distant cousin and associate of former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.

Matthew Randazzo is a co-author of Brouillette's autobiography. Randazzo has described him to the news media as a high-roller who ran prostitution and gambling operations but was brought low by drug and alcohol addiction.

Bonham had been charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. Under a plea agreement, he faces up to seven years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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