Vincent Thomas Jr. pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2017 Treme killing
March 10, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Tuesday (March 10) secured a guilty plea and 30-year state prison sentence for the gunman responsible for a fatal shooting in the Treme neighborhood in June 2017.

Vincent Thomas Jr. averted his scheduled murder trial by pleading guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of Talmadge Scott Jr. The 23-year-old victim was found shot to death in the driver’s seat of a white sedan parked in the 1100 block of North Roman Street around 8:30 p.m. on June 19, 2017.

In the plea entered before ad hoc Criminal District Judge Dennis Waldron, Thomas, 29, admitted responsibility for the fatal shooting and also pleaded guilty as charged to obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Thomas received 30-year sentences for the manslaughter and obstruction counts, and the maximum 20-year sentence on the firearm charge. The judge ordered the sentences to be served concurrently, with credit for time served since his June 2017 arrest. As part of a plea agreement approved by the victim’s family, the state agreed not to have Thomas sentenced as a multiple felony offender.

The victim’s mother, cousin and a childhood babysitter provided impact statements to the court explaining how Scott’s violent death affected their lives.

Assistant District Attorneys Zach Grate and Sarah Dawkins prosecuted the case.