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Plea settles 2006 killings of 5 in New Orleans

Plea settles 2006 killings of 5 in New Orleans

A gang leader who maintains he didn't gun down five teenagers in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 has pleaded no contest to state manslaughter charges in the case.
The killings cast a spotlight on a surge of violence after the city was flooded and prompted the return of Louisiana National Guard troops to help patrol neighborhoods.
Michael Anderson's no contest plea is part of a deal that also resolves separate federal charges. The 24-year-old pleaded guilty Friday to drug, murder and racketeering conspiracy and agreed to a life sentence for participating in a 2005 murder.
But he denies gunning down five teens as they sat in a sport utility vehicle a year later.
He says he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charges Monday because the sentence won't exceed the federal sentence and he'll avoid a separate trial.


Updated : 2021-04-18 14:50 GMT+08:00