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2 men booked in beating death of Minden man

Luke Ferguson, 26 (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center) Luke Ferguson, 26 (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center)
Drew Dakoda Kilgore, 17 (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center) Drew Dakoda Kilgore, 17 (Source: Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center)
Fatally beaten: William Sheppard, 26 (Source: Penny Aultma) Fatally beaten: William Sheppard, 26 (Source: Penny Aultma)
Sheppard, with his children (Source: Penny Aultma) Sheppard, with his children (Source: Penny Aultma)
WEBSTER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Webster Parish sheriff's deputies say a Minden man has died from injuries sustained during a beating last week, and now charges against his alleged attackers have been upgraded.

26-year-old Luke Eugene Ferguson, of Minden, and 17-year-old Drew Dakoda Kilgore of Doyline were originally charged with aggravated battery after the beating on July 10th that left 26-year-old William Turner Sheppard critically injured.

Sheriff Gary Sexton says Ferguson allegedly struck Sheppard twice on the back of the head. Sheppard was airlifted to a Shreveport hospital, where he reportedly died around 3 p.m. on July 11th.

Ferguson and Kilgore have been booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on manslaughter charges.

Sheppard's mother Penny Aultman says Sheppard has two young children and she was devastated when she heard that her son had passed away. "The two-year-old just asked where her Daddy was and all I can tell her is he's in heaven. My son is gone."

Reports say Kilgore picked up Ferguson and the two went to confront Sheppard about possible sexual advances he made toward's Kilgore's mother earlier that night.

Aultman says, "Kilgore was in front of Will keeping his attention. Luke Ferguson walked five feet. Kilgore said Luke hit him 3 times. Luke said he only hit him twice. They both confessed."

Aultman tells us they were all friends and whatever disagreement they had, Kilgore's mother should have just called the police. "Why my son? Why my son? He's in heaven looking down on us. What do you tell a two year old? I know she won't remember. All I have to do is try to keep his memory alive," she says.

Manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 40 years in prison but Aultman wants more. "Manslaughter is not good enough. I want them to get life. I don't even want them to get the death penalty. I want life."

Sheppard leaves behind his wife along with their two children. Charges could again be upgraded when the case goes to the District Attorney's office.

Copyright 2013 KSLA. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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