- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - One of two Louisiana men facing the death penalty in the 2014 killing of a sheriff’s deputy will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/28TxpuW) Thursday’s guilty plea by Quintylan Richard, 22, of Abbeville, came on the second anniversary of Vermilion Parish Deputy Allen Bares Jr.’s death on June 23, 2014.

After admitting to Judge Marilyn Castle that he killed Bares, Richard apologized to Bares’ family, including Bares’ wife, Tina.

“It was really sad. It was emotional,” said one of Richard’s attorneys, Thomas Alonzo.

Bares was off duty and tending to his lawn business when he was shot to death on South Hospital Drive after confronting Richard and Baylon Taylor, the second defendant in the case. Taylor, 21, remains charged with capital first-degree murder. His trial date has not been set.

District Attorney Keith Stutes praised the work of Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators and said the plea deal that kept Richard off death row was appropriate.

“After all of this, we reached the conclusion that it was in the best interest of the family of the victim that we relinquish the demand for a death penalty and agree to a life sentence,” Stutes said.

Both Richard and Taylor had been in trouble with the law before Bares was killed. Taylor was awaiting trial on simple burglary, and Richard had been out of jail for less than two months after a burglary conviction.

Richard had served less than half of the three-year sentence imposed on him by a judge when the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections released him on a good-time parole. Richard had been serving the sentence in Tensas Parish.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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