BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing another man will be released from prison by the time he's 37-years-old if he serves out his full sentence.
Eric Johnson was 25-years-old when he shot and killed Kedrick Ricard. The shooting happened at Renaissance Gateway Apartments on North Ardenwood Drive, which is just off Florida Boulevard, around 6:15 p.m. on August 12, 2014.
Ricard was dropping off baby supplies to the mother of his 8-month-old child when he was shot.
Johnson was eventually identified as a suspect by investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department. He was originally charged with second-degree murder.
After spending several years behind bars at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, Johnson agreed to a plea deal on November 16, 2017. The charge was reduced to manslaughter.
Judge Bonnie Jackson issued Johnson's sentence, which includes credit for the time he has already served.