A 16-year-old will spend at least the next 35 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in the 2013 death of a 28-year-old man in Slidell.
Eduardo Morales, who was charged as an adult, admitted to shooting Clarence Adams in the early morning of Aug. 18, 2013, after the two had an argument in a neighborhood bar, according to Lisa Page, District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s spokeswoman.
Another man, Raheem Jamal Willis, still faces charges of second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, Page said.
The argument in the bar spilled into the street, where Willis picked up a rifle and fired at Adams, police said. He then put down the gun so he could fight with his hands, Page said. Morales picked up the gun and fired it at Adams, who was hit four times.
Willis, Morales and Daquan Ratliff, 20, fled the scene. Ratliff pleaded guilty Monday to being an accessory after the fact for fleeing the scene, Page said.
A conviction on second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence in Louisiana, but because of Morales’ age, he will be eligible for parole in 35 years, Page said.