Man convicted of negligent homicide pleads not guilty to charges related to another shooting

Man convicted of negligent homicide pleads not guilty to charges related to another shooting

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man convicted in the shooting death of his uncle pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and several other charges related to another shooting and pistol whipping while he was still on parole.

Carlos Sterling, 27, of Baton Rouge, was assigned for motions on March 10.

He is accused of pistol whipping a man unconscious on April 27, 2014. He is charged with aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and illegal use of a weapon in the attack. He is also suspected of a shooting on Canonicus Street on Nov. 11, 2014 in which a juvenile was shot in the arm. He is charged with attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon in connection with the shooting.

Sterling is on parole until Aug. 3, 2016 after pleading guilty on Sept. 4, 2012 to negligent homicide in the shooting death of his uncle, Robert Sterling, 40. The shooting happened on Byron Avenue on July 23, 2009.

Carlos Sterling was initially charged with second-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was released in 2014 with credit for time served.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Robert Sterling was shot once in the chest. He was taken to Earl K. Long Medical Center, but later died.

According to investigators, the two men shared a home on Sycamore Street. Detectives believe the shooting stemmed from an argument earlier in the day. Carlos Sterling was captured in West Feliciana Parish by the US Marshal's Task Force days after the shooting.

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