Conviction adds life to drug trafficker's 65-year sentence
GRETNA, La. (AP) - A man already serving a 65-year sentence for drug-related crimes now faces a life sentence for a killing six years ago in suburban New Orleans.
The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office says in a news release that 32-year-old Alcus Smith was convicted by a jury Thursday on a second-degree murder charge. Conviction on the charge carries a mandatory life sentence.
Prosecutors say Smith was a narcotics trafficker who supplied a street gang in Harvey. Prosecutors say he killed 22-year-old Donte Hall on a street in Marrero, believing that Hall cheated him in a drug transaction.
Formal sentencing is set for Nov. 14.
According to the District Attorney's Office, Smith was convicted after he and 20 others were indicted in 2015 in a narcotics racketeering case.
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