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Slaying suspect pleads guilty to manslaughter

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Posted: Aug 18, 2010 6:07 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Updated: Aug 18, 2010 11:52 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: killing, murder, violence, crime, manslaughter, Alexandria, guilty, plea, trial

A 19-year-old man accused of killing an Alexandria resident last year has pleaded guilty to manslaughter before his trial was scheduled to begin.

Launey Johnson was facing a second-degree murder charge and two counts of attempted second-degree murder before prosecutors accepted a plea on the lesser charge.

Johnson was sentenced to 20 years in prison at hard labor.

William King was shot in the head on Aug. 25, 2009, after an argument.

Witnesses told police that Johnson pointed a shotgun at King and pulled the trigger and then chased two more people before the gun jammed and Johnson was unable to fire.

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