Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:24 AM by AP/CS
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 23-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for gunning down a man in a wheelchair during a drive-by shooting in October 2010.
The Times-Picayune reports Derrick Allen was sentenced Wednesday to 15-year in prison and avoided a March trial on a charge of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence.
Prosecutors then dismissed the murder charge against one of his accused accomplices, 23-year-old Jazmun Tolbert, and ordered his release from Orleans Parish Prison.
Allen and Tolbert, along with 23-year-old Joseph Peters, were accused in the murder of Sedale Dorsey.
Peters was tried for murder last year, but a jury opted instead to find him guilty of manslaughter. Peters received the maximum sentence for that conviction, 40 years in prison.