Coroner identifies five killed during weekend
Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeff Rouse has identified five men who were killed in separate incidents during the holiday weekend:
Gerard Dorsey, 53, was shot about 2 p.m. Saturday in the 4600 block of Galahad Drive in New Orleans East. He died later at Interim LSU Hospital.
Eugene Breashears, 28, was shot about 10 p.m. Saturday at North Broad and Treasure streets in the 7th Ward. He died at the scene. A woman was wounded but not seriously, police said.
Gregory Stone, 25, was shot about 12:15 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of Frenchmen Street. He died at the scene.
Chad Forest, 31, was gunned down about 8:30 a.m. Monday in the 2600 block of Dreux Avenue in Gentilly.
Leonard Schaffer, 20, was the weekend’s final shooting victim. He was shot a little before noon Monday in the 2000 block of Second Street in Central City. He died later at Interim LSU Hospital.
Police have not identified suspects or motives in any of the cases.
Man shot in the neck Tuesday in N.O. East
A 66-year-old man was shot in the neck Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans East, police said.
The shooting was reported about 4:50 p.m. in the 4700 block of Downman Road.
The victim was in critical condition at the hospital, police said.
Drug cartel member sentenced to 33 years
A purported member of the notorious Los Zetas drug cartel was sentenced in federal court in New Orleans on Tuesday to more than 33 years in prison in connection with a cocaine distribution conspiracy for which a jury convicted him in February.
Efrain Grimaldo, a resident of Mexico, “was responsible for importing massive quantities of cocaine into the United States, including communities here in Southeast Louisiana,” U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said in a statement.
The cartel “is responsible for death and suffering from cities and towns of Mexico, across the U.S. border, and into our communities in Louisiana,” said Raymond Keith Brown, of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance handed down the sentence.
A co-defendant in the case, Sergio Grimaldo, is scheduled for trial Dec. 15, while another co-defendant, Sabino “Shorty” Duarte, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty.
A federal grand jury indicted the three men in April 2011. Grimaldo had been held in Texas before first appearing in federal court in New Orleans in early 2013, records show.
Federal prosecutors argued that Efrain Grimaldo should be sentenced based on his involvement in distributing 3,500 pounds of trafficked cocaine.
His attorney, Eddie Jordan, argued that the figure was grossly inflated and unsupported by evidence presented at trial.
The investigation into the case included FBI and DEA agents in Houston and New Orleans, as well as Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish sheriff’s offices, Houma police and State Police.
N.O. man dies in wreck in Plaquemines Parish
State Police said a New Orleans man died Monday evening in a single-vehicle wreck on La. 23 in Plaquemines Parish.
Troopers said the accident happened about 6 p.m.
Investigators said Joseph Chevis was driving a Chevrolet Suburban southbound when he drove off the highway and through a fence.
The vehicle struck an embankment before coming to a stop in front of a house. Chevis died at the scene.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.