BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – The murder trial of a teenager accused of killing three other teens after a birthday party at a civic center was scheduled to begin Monday, but instead, the suspect pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Nakeydran Williams, 17, of Baker, was charged with three counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder. He was allowed to plead guilty to three counts of manslaughter and one count of attempted second-degree murder. Judge Anthony Marabella Jr. sentenced him to the maximum of 40 years on each manslaughter count, but ruled the sentences are to run concurrently.
The Baker Police Department reported Kendal Dorsey, 15, Diontrey Claiborne, 18, and Marcell Franklin, 15, were shot and killed after a private birthday party at the Baker Civic Club on March 28, 2014. Investigators said Javaughn Simmons, 19, was also shot but survived.
A grand jury indicted Williams in April 2014. He was 16 at the time of the shootings and Marabella ruled he could be charged as an adult.
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