Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (Aug. 12) secured a guilty plea from a gunman who fatally shot another man at a central New Orleans apartment building
Jermaine Reynolds Jr. averted a murder trial scheduled to begin Monday by entering into a plea agreement before Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson. Under terms of the agreement approved by the family of victim Alvin Trigs, Reynolds pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter, and guilty as charged to obstruction of justice and battery upon a correctional facility employee.
The judge imposed the agreed-upon sentence of 30 years for manslaughter and obstruction. An additional 18-month sentence was imposed for the battery upon the corrections employee, which by Louisiana law must be served consecutively to the other sentence.
New Orleans police determined that Reynolds, 23, shot and killed the 22-year-old Trigs at The Marquis apartments in the 2600 block of Poydras Street on Oct. 26, 2016. Reynolds was arrested 13 days after the shooting, which occurred inside the apartment that Reynolds shared with the victim’s brother.
Reynolds’ roommate was at work when he received a phone call from Reynolds, telling him that his brother had been shot at about 1:44 p.m. The roommate asked Reynolds to call 911 and wait for authorities, but Reynolds instead fled the location and refused to return. The roommate arrived home to find his brother dead in the apartment and called police.
Assistant District Attorneys Michael Trummel and Daniel Smart prosecuted the case.
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