BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man whose first second-degree murder trial ended in a hung jury pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday.
Ernie Jacobs, 28, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Dixon, 25, who was killed in 2007.
District Judge Mike Erwin sentenced Jacobs to 27 years as part of the plea agreement, but Jacobs was given credit for time served, so will likely spend another 13 years of his life behind bars before being released.
If convicted of second-degree murder, Jacobs faced a life sentence without the possibility of parole or probation. A manslaughter conviction carries a 15 to 40-year sentence.
Jacobs is accused of shooting Dixon during a botched robbery. According to police, he and Brian Sanders tried to rob a store on Fairfields Avenue.