Hammond man convicted and sentenced to manslaughter

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - A Hammond man has been convicted on manslaughter and attempted murder charges after being accused of shooting one man and seriously injuring another.

According to District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux, Brandon Francois, 20, plead no contest and was sentenced to serve 40 years with the Department of Corrections for each one count of manslaughter and one count of attempted 2nd degree murder.

Prosecutors say one of the victims was involved in a fight on Durbin Road Ext. near Natalbany, La. with another man. Francois approached the victim from behind and shot him in the head. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the face, but survived.

Following the attack on the first victim, Francois began to chase the second victim, Larry J. Smith. Even though Smith and the surviving victim arrived together, Smith was not involved in the fight. Police report that witnesses saw Francois chasing Smith and then heard several gun shots.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

Perrilloux said Francois must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he can be eligible for parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

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