ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A Gonzales man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison with credit for time served in connection with a shooting death the happened in 2011 in Geismar.
On Thursday, April 13, Dominique Brown, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the shooting death of Todd "Duke" Hall, 28, of St. Gabriel. The guilty plea was a result of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Back on February 17, 2011, just after 9:30 a.m., deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office were dispatched to Jackie Robinson Park on Coco Rd. in St. Gabriel in reference to a man found dead in a parked car.
Through an extensive investigation, Brown was identified as a suspect. Officials say Brown shot Hall and fled the area. He was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Detention Center.
As a condition of the plea deal, Brown took the stand to explain to Hall's family what took place the night of his death and why he did what he did. Brown admitted to the killing and apologized to the family, as well as asked for their forgiveness.
Hall's sister, Nicky Foster, and his cousin, Kerisha Brown, both spoke about their love for "Duke" and the impact this crime had on their family and friends. Hall was a local hairdresser who would do anything for anyone, they said. Foster and Brown both said they forgive Brown for his actions and hope this closure will help them move forward.
Brown was sentenced to 35 years with credit for time served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.