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May 15, 2014 11:58 AM by Letitia Walker & AP

Guilty plea entered in Crowley businessman's murder trial

A former exotic dancer from Baton Rouge has pleaded guilty in the 1984 slaying of a Crowley businessman whose body has never been found. Leila Mulla pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter in exchange for a 30-year prison term. The 48-year-old Mulla, of Astoria, N.Y., and 65-year-old Ronald Dunnagan, of Bossier City, were first arrested in Las Vegas in 1984 and accused of plotting to rob Gary Kergan. They were released in March 1985 after the district attorney declined to prosecute the pair because of a lack of evidence. Prosecutor Dana Cummings said Mulla has agreed to cooperate with the state in the prosecution of Dunnagan. Dunnagan is not under indictment at this time.

The family has issued this statement following the decades old murder conviction:

"Our family is very happy that after 30 years, justice is finally being served for Gary, who was an unwitting victim in a calculated act of brutal murder. It's been a long and painful road, but we've never given up on Gary and neither has the justice system. We're very grateful for the hard work and diligence of many law enforcement agents, especially the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office.
We look forward to bringing peace to Gary's memory.
For any additional information, the Kergan family would respectfully direct all questions to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office."Gary Kergan was last seen alive November 29, 1984. He and his brother Ted owned a chain of Sonic restaurants in Acadiana.

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