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Aug 5, 2011 10:06 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Guilty plea in kidnap-for-ransom killing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man has accepted a 50-year prison sentence for his part in a plot that ended with the deaths of two 19-year-olds killed in an abandoned house after $10,000 ransom was demanded.
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says Layman Foster Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter of Fitzgerald Phillips and Calyisse Perkins in April 2009.
Foster agreed to the plea after a jury was been chosen to hear second-degree murder charges against him. Conviction would have meant a life sentence.
Thirty-five-year-old Gregory Vincent Jr. was convicted last year of second-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary.
The alleged ringleader and gunman, Kenneth Barnes, is scheduled for trial in September on first-degree murder charges. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for him.

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