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District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Jan. 29) secured a guilty plea and 15-year state prison sentence for a gunman who fatally shot a teen in the Plum Orchard area of New Orleans East in May 2018.
Kevin T. Green, 24, averted his scheduled murder trial in the death of 17-year-old Leonard Warren Jr. by pleading guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter before Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson. A sentence of 15 years was imposed, with Green credited with time served since his June 2018 arrest.
With his plea, Green admitted responsibility for the shooting death of Warren, whose body was found in an overgrown vacant lot in the 6600 block of Warfield Street around 6:30 p.m. on May 16, 2018. Though limited video surveillance indicated several people in the area at the time of the shooting, most told New Orleans police investigators they saw nothing related to the crime.
Warren’s surviving family was consulted on the plea agreement, which became necessary after a witness critical to the state’s murder case said Tuesday night he would refuse to testify for fear of reprisal.
“This defendant is a cold-blooded killer, who deserved to spend the rest of his life in prison,” Cannizzaro said. “Unfortunately, several people either refused to testify or declined to tell police what they witnessed on the day this young victim was murdered. Those choices have all but assured that this violent offender will be back on our streets in his mid-30s.”
A co-defendant, 24-year-old Dwayne Daggs, pleaded guilty in November 2018 to a lesser charge of being an accessory to second-degree murder. Daggs received a five-year suspended sentence and three years’ probation from Landrum-Johnson. The Louisiana Board of Pardons & Parole filed a motion Wednesday asking the judge to revoke Daggs’ probation for failing to comply with terms of his supervised release.
Assistant District Attorneys Daniel Smart and Hannah Sharp prosecuted the case.
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