LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - A Livingston man has been sentenced to 60 years in jail after murdering a woman with a pocket knife back in 2014.
District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux says the trial for Caleb Lejeune, 30, was scheduled to begin Wednesday, when Lejeaune then entered a plea of no contest to the charges of manslaughter and obstruction of justice.
Back on August 30, 2014, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a house on South Satsuma Road in Livingston to investigate a homicide. Deputies found a woman on the floor of the living room with massive trauma to her throat and a trail of blood leading into the bedroom. A silver pocket knife with a wooden handle was found at the home. The knife was analyzed for fingerprints and DNA. The victim was identified as Joy Messina, 47, also of Livingston.
While investigating the scene, Lejeune was seen passing the home in a white vehicle. Detectives made a traffic stop and Lejeune was arrested.
Lejeune has been sentenced to 40 years for manslaughter and 20 years for obstruction of justice. Those sentences are to be served consecutively for a total of 60 years. Lejeune's plea and sentence was suggested with the consent of the victim's family.