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District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Monday (July 22) secured a guilty plea and expected 17-year state prison sentence for a New Orleans man who fatally shot a social justice activist on a Treme street in February 2018.
Roosevelt Iglus averted his scheduled murder trial by entering into a plea agreement in which he took responsibility for the shooting death of Muhiyidin Moye, a 32-year-old Black Lives Matter activist from South Carolina also known as Muhiyidin d’Baha.
Iglus, 27, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter, and guilty as charged to counts of obstruction of justice and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Under terms of the plea agreement approved by the victim’s sister, Iglus is expected to be sentenced Tuesday (July 23) to 17 years in prison by Criminal District Judge Darryl Derbigny.
According to New Orleans police, d’Baha was riding a bicycle in the 1900 block of Bienville Street around 1:25 a.m. on Feb. 6, 2018. Surveillance video showed d’Baha being approached by a man, later identified as Iglus, who tried to knock him off his bike and fired at him as he rode away.
The victim was struck in the thigh and incurred massive blood loss. He was transported in critical condition to a hospital, where he died about six hours after being shot.
The Charleston man gained national attention one year before his death as a Black Lives Matter activist. A widely circulated video showed d’Baha in February 2017 leaping to wrestle a Confederate battle flag from a man during a protest over Civil War monuments in South Carolina.
“I am pleased we were able to obtain this defendant’s guilty plea and remove any uncertainty over who is responsible for Mr. d’Baha’s death,” Cannizzaro said. “This outcome provides the victim’s family with the measure of justice they deemed
Assistant District Attorneys Sarah Dawkins and Kevin Guillory prosecuted the case.
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