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Suspect in deadly Donaldsonville shooting pleads guilty to manslaughter

Shawn Broom (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Shawn Broom (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) -

A man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in connection with a deadly shooting.

The 23rd Judicial District Court reported Shawn Broom, 28, of Donaldsonville, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of Michael Stewart, 21, also of Donaldsonville.

Broom was initially indicted on a charge of second-degree murder. He now faces 15 to 40 years in prison. A conviction for second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence. A sentencing date has not been set.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the shooting happened on March 10, 2015. Deputies said Broom and Stewart were sitting on the porch of a home when Stewart was shot.

According to investigators, Stewart taunted Broom for several hours earlier in the day, which caused Broom to believe Stewart had a gun on him.

Authorities said at some point while they were sitting on the porch, a struggle started and Broom fired a shot that hit Stewart in the chest. The victim was taken to Prevost Memorial Hospital where he died.

Judge Thomas Kliebert will sentence Broom.

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