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Slaying suspect pleads guilty to manslaughter

5 years ago August 18, 2010 Aug 18, 2010 Wednesday, August 18 2010 Wednesday, August 18, 2010 5:07:57 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Andrea Fontenot

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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