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A Louisiana real estate agent has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating a 60-year-old man to death in a racially charged assault in New Orleans, prosecutors say.
Garrett J Ward, 30, was convicted in May of manslaughter in the brutal January 2018 attack that killed Arnold Jackson 12 days later. Witnesses said during his six-day trial last month that Ward, who is white, uttered “more racial slurs” against the black victim, District Attorney Jason Williams said.
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“As a district attorney, I am committed to holding violent criminals accountable,” Williams said in a statement to the Post. “In this case, the lack of humanity and respect shown by the defendant in brutally attacking the victim, Mr. Jackson – a 60-year-old black man – was reprehensible.”
Williams said he promised Jackson’s loved ones he would get justice for the fatal beating, adding that Monday’s ruling fulfilled that promise.
A medical examiner has determined that Jackson, who suffered a broken jaw and severe brain hemorrhage, died from blunt force injuries following the attack outside the Pontchartrain Hotel, NOLA reported. com.
Prosecutors have charged a drunken Ward with assaulting Jackson after he argued with his partner at a bar. The estate agent’s defense attorneys insisted he awoke from a drunken daze to find Jackson armed with a knife as he searched his pocket for his cellphone, the report said. point of sale.
A jury rejected Ward’s claim of self-defense after six hours of deliberation. He faces up to 40 years in prison. One of Ward’s lawyers said he now plans to file a motion challenging the verdict later this week.
“We were hoping to get a sentence that was at the bottom of the zero to 40 year guideline,” attorney Andrew Bevinetto told NOLA.com. “Not only are we shocked by the verdict, but we believe it is overstated, especially given the facts surrounding this case.”
Jackson’s daughter, meanwhile, insisted in a statement last month that “justice has been served” in Ward’s manslaughter conviction.
“The last four years have been very difficult for me,” said Kenyada Schnyder. “Apart from attending every courtroom appointment, I missed special moments with my dad, walking me down the aisle to my wedding and celebrating his birthday or Father’s Day.”