Kareem Richards pleads guilty in 2015 killing of Landry-Walker student
April 17, 2019
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (April 17) announced it has secured the guilty plea of an Algiers man responsible for the fatal shooting of a Landry-Walker High School student in 2015.

Kareem Richards, 23, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter, and guilty as charged to obstructing justice in a homicide investigation, in connection with the killing of 17-year-old Tokoyo Palmer on Jan. 26, 2015.

As part of a plea agreement approved April 15 by Criminal District Judge Benedict Willard and the victim’s father, Richards was sentenced to 20 years in state prison, with credit for time served since his November 2016 arrest.

Palmer was on his way to school when he was shot multiple times around 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Forest Park Apartments, in the 3700 block of Garden Oaks Drive in Algiers. The teen died a short time later at Interim LSU hospital.

School officials said Palmer was a member of the Landry-Walker junior varsity basketball team, and also was active in the school’s choir and Navy ROTC program. Richards fled following the shooting, but eventually surrendered to agents from a US Marshals Service fugitive task force on Nov. 13, 2016.

New Orleans police investigators said the shooting appeared to be related to a dispute over a video-game controller.

Assistant District Attorney Kevin Guillory prosecuted the case.