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Jennings teen enters guilty plea in 2016 slaying

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PARKER GARY PARKER GARY

An 18-year-old Jennings man pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week in the November 2016 slaying of Dedrick Gant. 

Ryan Christopher Cole will be sentenced for the crime on October 30. 

Cole and his friend, Parker Gary, 17, were arrested and booked with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Dedrick Gant. 

Gant's badly decomposed body was found floating in a Jeff Davis Canal in late November 2016. 

At the time of their arrests, Cole and Gary already were in jail in connection with the robbery and murder of Gary's grandfather. 

In that case, Cole faces charges of illegal possession of stolen weapons and aggravated burglary. 

Gary is accused of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his grandfather, Warren Garry. 

Warren Gary, 60, was found dead in his bed in November 2016. He had been shot in the head. Officers headed to the home to investigate a neighbor's call about gunshots allegedly found Parker Gary running down the road, away from the home. They also allegedly found evidence that Parker Gary had robbed his grandfather, police said at the time. 

Warren Gary was an employee of the City of Jennings for the past several years, and before that served as a deputy for the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office for more than 20 years. 

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