A 33-year-old New Orleans man is facing a prison term of 40 years after accepting a plea agreement with the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office.
Demond Boutte pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the death of a man who was fatally shot in January 2015 outside The Daiquiri Shop in the 5700 block of Crowder Boulevard in New Orleans East.
He decided to accept the deal as prospective jurors for his trial were about to enter the courtroom.
Boutte was accused of shooting Calvin Everette in the back three times with a 9 mm handgun. NOPD officers were working a detail at the establishment and immediately responded and Boutte was apprehended within 90-seconds.
In response to the conviction, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro stated, “This was a brazen criminal act. With today’s plea, the family of Calvin Everette as well as all the citizens of New Orleans can know that this defendant will be off of the streets for a very long period of time and until he no longer poses a violent threat to this community.”
Under the plea bargain, the Boutte will receive a 40-year sentence, which is the legal maximum for a manslaughter conviction.