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Greenhouse sentenced in death of child

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A second former city marshal has been sentenced to prison for his role in the December 2015 death of Jeremy Mardis and the wounding of his father. 

Norris Greenhouse Jr. last week accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to one count of negligent homicide and one count malfeasance in office. Under the deal, he was sentenced to five years in prison on the homicide charge, with two years of that served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on the malfeasance charge, to be served after he serves his sentence on the homicide, court records show. 

Jeremy Mardis, 6, was killed and his father, Chris Few, was badly wounded when Greenhouse and his partner, Derrick Stafford opened fire on their truck. Body cam video from a third officer on the scene clearly showed Few's hands up in the air and outside the window of his pick-up before the gunfire began. State Police booked the men with second-degree murder in Mardis' death, and attempted second-degree murder in the wounding of Few. 

Stafford went to trial in March, and a jury convicted him of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter. He has been sentenced to 40 years in prison and is serving his sentence at Wade Correctional Center. 

The state Attorney General's office prosecuted the case because Greenhouse's father, Norris Greenhouse Sr., is an assistant district attorney in Avoyelles Parish. He also was the law partner of the brother of the judge in the case for many years. 

KALB reports that, during sentencing, the Few family had the opportunity to read victim impact statements in court. Chris Few said, in part, “It brings us relief that the defendant has admitted guilt and we don’t have to go through another trial again.”

Greenhouse, Jr. was surrounded by family and friends for his sentencing. His supporters all wore black in the courtroom and he wore a rosary around his neck. He did not offer any statements in court.

Chris Few also spoke after the sentencing, saying that their family is relieved that they didn't have to go through another trial.

"I hope better law enforcement training comes out of all of this," Few said. "Hopefully, we can all move forward now.

To read the full story from KALB, click here

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