- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RAYVILLE, La. (AP) - A third man involved in the 2010 murder of Rayville Police Sgt. Thomas Alexander has pleaded guilty in the case.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/1nxlHq5) Anthony Oatis pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter before state District Judge Terry Doughty, who sentenced him to 21 years in prison.

Oatis dropped off two other men - Richard Long and Robert Walker - at the home of Theo and Frances Coenen in Richland Parish to commit a burglary but never entered the home.

All three were arrested in the death of Alexander, 57, who was shot and killed while responding to a burglary-in-progress call Sept. 11, 2010. Alexander made sure Frances Coenen, who was home alone, was safe before he entered the structure. Alexander was shot by Long as he approached a closet.

Long, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Walker, who went inside the house, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is also serving a life sentence.

District Attorney Mack Lancaster said Oatis’ plea wraps the case. “We’re very satisfied that all of those involved in this terrible crime have been brought to justice,” he said.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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