- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A state judge ruled a 20-year-old Galliano man committed involuntary manslaughter when he shot a 15-year-old boy in the head last summer in Larose.

The Daily Comet reports (https://bit.ly/1IHFbfG) Neely Gardner faces up to 40 years in prison after state District Judge Walter Lanier sided with prosecutors Wednesday, who had upgraded Gardner’s charge from negligent homicide. The judge will sentence him Aug. 28.

Lanier said although Gardner may not have intended to kill Braxton Bourda, of Larose, he did so while committing another felony - aggravated assault with a firearm - thus meeting the criteria for manslaughter.

Bourda, a South Lafourche High School student, was killed June 5, 2014, while riding his bicycle as he and five other males hung out near an abandoned home in Larose.

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