Vacherie man released from jail after sentence was reduced is convicted in another second-degree murder attempt _lowres

Lavell Gant

A man released from prison two years ago after his sentence for attempted second-degree murder was reduced was found guilty Wednesday of attempted second-degree murder in another shooting.

Lavell Gant, 35, of 1218 Old Vacherie Road, was arrested after the latest shooting May 27, 2014, by St. James Parish sheriff’s deputies. Gant got in an argument early that morning with Ansley Jackson, 31, at Jackson’s home at 2157 Church St., Vacherie, and shot him in the leg, sheriff’s Maj. Sid Berthelot said at the time of the arrest.

By the time deputies arrived, Jackson had lost a lot of blood and had to be flown to a New Orleans hospital. He eventually recovered.

On Wednesday, Judge Jessie LeBlanc, of the 23rd Judicial District Court, found Gant guilty of attempted second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

LeBlanc ordered a pre-sentencing investigation to be completed before Gant’s sentencing on Aug. 10, according to a news release from the court.

Gant was previously convicted of attempted second-degree murder in another case in 1998 and was sentenced to 40 years of hard labor.

After Gant filed a motion in 2010 for his sentence to be reconsidered, Judge Alvin Turner of the 23rd Judicial District Court reduced his sentence to 15 years with credit for time served, the news release says.