Lorenzo Zamora

Lorenzo Zamora

A man charged in the beating death and robbery of a Metairie man outside his apartment last year was sentenced to 35 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter.

Lorenzo Zamora, 24, was facing a life sentence on a second-degree murder charge in the death of 52-year-old David Mayes, who was beaten to death during a robbery Oct. 16, 2016, outside his home in the 6200 block of Riverside Drive. 

In exchange for his reduced plea, Judge Lee Faulkner of 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Zamora to serve 35 of the maximum 40 years he could have faced on the charge.

Zamora surrendered to authorities and was arrested on Oct. 24, 2016, after a witness told detectives they saw him beating Mayes to the point of unconsciousness.

Following the beating, police said, Zamora returned to the scene with another man, Christopher Powell, 19, and they robbed Mayes while he was unconscious. 

Mayes suffered severe trauma to his head and face and died at a hospital. 

During his court appearance Thursday, Zamora stood shackled in orange prison garb and entered his amended guilty plea, which included one count each of simple robbery and simple burglary. He was sentenced to serve one year on each count, which will run concurrently with the 35 years.

Powell, who shares the same Apollo Drive address as Zamora, is facing one count of simple robbery.

Another man, Nahu Rodriguez-Hernandez, 19, was also charged in the same indictment as Zamora and Powell on one count of battery and one count of being an accessory after the fact.

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