All involved in violent home invasion, murder sentenced to prison
GONZALES - A three-year-old triple murder case that rocked the usually quiet Ascension Parish ended with convictions of the final three suspects in the case being sentenced to hard labor Wednesday.
Rolando Stewart received 63 years; Travis Moore was sentenced to 26 and Devon James received 15. Last year, Bernard James, Devon James' cousin, was sentenced to three life terms. Michael Aikens was sentenced to the same in 2013.
The group was involved, in various ways, in the killing of Robert Irwin Marchand, his wife Shirley and her son Douglas Dooley. The group was attacked inside the Marchand's home where Dooley was visiting. Dooley and Robert Marchand died in the home, Shirley Marchand died from her injuries a few weeks later. They were beaten and their throats had been slashed.
Investigators believe robbery was the motive since a safe and rare gold coins stolen from the home. Only the safe was found.
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