HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Four years after the deadly home break-in in Hammond, La., one of the five suspects has pleaded guilty and will spend the rest of his life in prison.
According to the District Attorney, Jarris Darnell Monroe and his four accomplices went into the home of 68-year-old Grace Lamonte and her husband, 72-year-old Anthony Lamonte. According to reports, the five were looking for Grace's son.
Grace was killed during the break-in and her husband was also shot multiple times, but survived.
According to the District Attorney, Grace's son was not home because he was actually in prison at the time.
Within a month of the murder, all five suspects were arrested, however, they all originally pleaded not guilty.
The defendant was scheduled for a jury trial on August 12, 2013. If he had been convicted, Monroe would have faced a possible death penalty.
By entering a plea agreement with the court, Monroe avoided the death penalty and was instead sentenced to serve life in prison. He must serve his sentence without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
Alice Walker, her son Justin Walker who was 17 at the time of the murder, both of Hammond, Benny Flowers of LaPlace and Ronald Bandy Jr. of Hammond were all also arrested in connection with this case. Bandy, Flowers and Monroe were charged with first degree murder. Alice and Justin Walker were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
"A specific condition of the plea was Monroe's testimony and cooperation in the trial against the remaining defendant in the case, Ronald Bandy, Jr.," the district attorney said.
Another defendant in the case, Benny Deshan Flowers, age 29, of Metairie, LA, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first degree murder on January 4, 2012 and was sentenced to serve 20 years with the department of corrections. He will also be expected to testify at Bandy's trial.