Murdered man's brother addresses killer at sentencing
BATON ROUGE – The brother of a man murdered in 1984 was able to give an emotional address to his brother's killer Wednesday morning.
Ronald Dunnagan was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the 1984 murder of Gary Kergan. Jurors found Dunnagan guilty of second degree murder in early September.
Wendesday morning Kergan's brother Ted Kergan gave an emotional victim impact statement before the judge imposed the sentence on Dunnagan.
For most of the statement, Kergan remained seated and addresed Dunnagan, but for his last sentence he stood up and pointed at his brother's killer and said, "If my brother was here right now, he'd say, 'I got you, you son of a b****.'."
During the trial in September, jurors heard from Leila Mulla, who prosecutors said confessed to her role in Kergan's murder and got a 30-year prison sentence in exchange for her testimony against Dunnagan.
Mulla said in 1984 she was working for Dunnagan as a stripper and prostitute, and that Kergan was an occasional client. She said Dunnagan wanted to kill Kergan, who owned several Sonic restaurants.
Mulla testified that the night of the murder Dunnagan hid in a closet while she had sex with Kergan, who drank wine Mulla said Dunnagan had poisoned. She said Kergan started choking and asked for help, which is when Dunnagan got out of the closet and shoved a pillow over Kergan's face to suffocate him.