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Feb 10, 2012 10:33 AM by AP

Man convicted in fatal shooting in Independence

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - A jury has convicted an Independence man of negligent homicide in the fatal shooting of another man after the two had an argument.
District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said the jury deliberated about three hours Wednesday before finding 54-year-old Ernest Beraud.
Perrilloux said the shooting took place after 50-year-old Leonard Gay Johnson arrived at Beraud's house on March 23 and the two argued.
Perrilloux tells The Advocate Beraud was booked on a count of second-degree murder, charged with manslaughter, and found guilty of the lesser charge of negligent homicide, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

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