Darnell Braud pleads guilty to 3rd killing, sentence extends to 140 years
February 3, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (Feb. 3) announced it had secured a third manslaughter guilty plea from a convicted New Orleans killer, as part of a plea agreement that extends his state prison sentence to 140 years.

Darnell “Red” Braud averted a first-degree murder trial when he pleaded guilty to the amended charge of manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Jarivas Jarrow on May 24, 2018.

Braud, 28, also pleaded guilty as charged to obstruction of justice and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The guilty pleas were entered Jan. 28 before Criminal District Judge Franz Zibilich, who on Monday imposed a 25-year sentence to run consecutively to the 115-year prison term Braud last year was ordered to serve.

Jarrow was slain in front of his two toddler sons and girlfriend in front of their home in the 1700 block of Eagle Street in the Leonidas neighborhood. The shooting was reported at 8:19 a.m., shortly after Jarrow was seen arguing with Braud at a nearby corner store.

Jarrow became the third fatal shooting victim attributed to Braud.

When Braud was 16, he was charged with the second-degree murder of 19-year-old Michael David, who was gunned down in the Leonidas area on Sept. 30, 2007. The juvenile Braud was spared a possible life sentence when he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter in October 2008 and was sentenced to 12 years.

Braud served about 10 years before being released on parole in April 2017. He still was on supervised probation when New Orleans police said he fatally shot 22-year-old Peter Oatis Jr. during a meeting arranged on a dating app. Oatis was found dead in the 5500 block of Lakeshore Drive on Nov. 2, 2017.

Oatis’ killing had gone unsolved until Braud was arrested in connection with Jarrow’s slaying. A DNA sample taken after that felony arrest was found to match biological evidence recovered at the scene of Oatis’ death.

Braud was tried for Oatis’ murder last September. An Orleans Parish jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter and obstruction of justice last Sept. 12. After Braud’s status as a multiple felony offender was proven last November, Zibilich extended his sentence in that case from 80 years to 115 years. Today’s 25-year sentence in Jarrow’s slaying was ordered to run consecutive to that.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Trummel prosecuted the case.