- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in what prosecutors described as a revenge killing.

The Courier reports 24-year-old Joshua Swan was sentenced Wednesday, following his conviction on May 6. Swan and Ahmad Lawson were found guilty last month in the 2015 execution-style shooting of 26-year-old Willie Hart Jr. Lawson is scheduled to be sentenced July 13.

Swan’s defense attorney John Thomas asked the judge for a post-verdict judgment of acquittal and a new trial, citing lack of sufficient evidence and the words “gang member” being used in the trial by the prosecution to describe his client, but it was denied. Assistant District Attorney Chris Erny says Swan and Lawson shot Hart, believing he was involved in the murder of Swan’s brother.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com


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