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Opelousas man given two life sentences for 2016 slayings

Posted at 4:10 PM, Feb 09, 2023

An Opelousas man has been sentenced to two life sentences in the 2016 slayings of two men.

Jamarcus McLendon was sentenced to two life sentences, to be served consecutively and without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

He was convicted last week by a St. Landry Parish jury after a trial.

The jury found McLendon guilty as charged in connection with the 2016 slayings of Nakia Ramar Jr., 19 and Shawn Parish, 21.

"It took a lot but after 6 years, not being able to say one word to the person that was last seen with our child we had to do it, if not for us our children were their voice because they are no longer here." said Heather Parish, Mother of Shawn Parish.

"Yes it was very hard, and just seeing him all this time that really really drives everyday and just to wonder what really happened and, how he just sat there like it was ok like nothing bothering him or anything and the way you've done them you were wrong." said Lisa Colla, Mother of Nakia Ramar Junior.

Ramar and Parish were found dead of gunshot wounds on a rural St. Landry Parish road in 2016. Evidence showed they had been shot with an AK-47 type weapon.

Alisa Gothreaux was the lead prosecutor on the case.