Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (June 10) secured the guilty plea of a gunman who fatally shot a man involved with his ex-girlfriend nearly three years ago in the St. Roch neighborhood.
Deiontay Helmstetter, 28, averted his scheduled murder trial by pleading guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter for the killing of 26-year-old Harold Jenkins, and guilty as charged to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Under terms of a plea agreement approved by the victim’s family and Criminal District Judge Arthur Hunter, Helmstetter was sentenced to 25 years in state prison.
New Orleans police found Jenkins dead from multiple gunshot wounds inside his vehicle in the 2700 block of Edge Street, around 3 a.m. on July 16, 2016. Helmstetter was arrested later that day after being identified as the gunman by his ex-girlfriend.
Helmstetter has a previous felony conviction for possession of cocaine. The state agreed not to bill the defendant as a multiple felony offender in the agreement that secured his guilty plea.
Hunter imposed a sentence of 10 years for the firearm conviction, ordering that it be served concurrently with his manslaughter sentence, with credit for time served since his July 2016 arrest.
Assistant District Attorneys Kevin Guillory and Arthur Mitchell IV prosecuted the case.
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