DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A Donaldsonville man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter after a shooting in March 2015 will spend 12 years behind bars.
Shawn Broom, 28, was sentenced to 20 years in prison with eight of those being suspended and the other 12 being served without the possibility of probation or parole.
Broom was originally indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Michael Stewart, of Donaldsonville. Broom pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in April.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported the shooting happened in the 1300 block of St. Vincent Street 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.