- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 23-year-old man who had been charged with murder has been convicted on lesser charges in a robbery left three people dead and two wounded.

Jubbard Price is scheduled for sentencing June 26 on two counts of negligent homicide and five of simple kidnapping. If sentenced as a repeat offender, he could get up to 70 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors argued that Price held a group hostage inside a home in 2012 while Donald Johnson shot and killed three people, then he, Johnson, and Price’s cousin Andrea Price fled with a safe.

Johnson died in a shootout with police shortly after the shootings in 2012. Andrea Price pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a 20-year sentence.

Jurors convicted Price on Friday, Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reported (https://bit.ly/UCfTPc ).

Prosecutors argued that he was a willing participant in the killings.

Defense attorneys argued that Price had only gone to Troy Leslie’s home to smoke marijuana and happened upon the crime because his cousin Andrea Price was dating Johnson.

Prosecutors said Andrea Price and Johnson corralled the people in the house, offering up false pretenses of smoking marijuana while Jubbard Price stood by, armed and waiting in the home’s garage as, one by one, the hostages were forced to join him.

During that time, Johnson shot and killed Leslie, his 20-year-old daughter, Kishaune Keppard, and another man, Reyland “Diggem” Barry, prosecutors said.

No fingerprints or DNA evidence linked Price to the crime and survivors’ testimony was inconsistent, defense attorneys argued.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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