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Sep 27, 2013 8:50 AM by AP

Suspect in crack cocaine case convicted

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A 34-year-old Raceland man has been convicted of selling crack cocaine despite the shooting death of a primary witness.

Lafourche Parish District Attorney Cam Morvant tells The Courier Toronzo Thompkins could face life in prison because of his past criminal record.

The witness, 41-year-old Nikki Landry, who is alleged to have bought nearly a quarter ounce of crack from Thompkins in 2011 while wearing a hidden camera, was found dead Sunday along with 54-year-old Harry Lefort, of Cut Off, in her Larose apartment.

Thompkins, who will be sentenced Oct. 16, faces up to 30 years in prison with hard labor and a fine of up to $50,000 on the conviction.

But Morvant said he plans to file a habitual offender bill after Thompkins is sentenced.

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