Man pleads guilty to fatal shooting at construction company
BATON ROUGE - A Slaughter man who went on a shooting rampage at Grady Crawford Construction Co. in 2009, several months after the Baton Rouge firm fired him, has pleaded guilty to killing two workers and wounding a third.
Richard Matthews' guilty pleas came three months after state District Judge Tony Marabella ruled the 58-year-old is intellectually disabled, which prevented East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors from continuing to seek the death penalty in the case.
"I believe today is closure for the families and the workplace family and friends and now starts some peace and closure," said April Boykin, family of victim.
Marabella on Friday sentenced Matthews to life in prison for taking the lives of 55-year-old Cheryl L. Dixon Boykin, of Denham Springs, and 44-year-old Diana Lynn Tullier, of Walker, on Dec. 23, 2009.
"He could have killed many more people but for courageous acts," said East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore. "They were just completely innocent and not protected and it could have been much more tradgic, he could have just as easily killed five to 10 more people."
He was scheduled to stand trial July 20.
He wounded a female dispatcher before fatally shooting Boykin and Tullier.
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