GONZALES — A Donaldsonville man awaiting trial in a 2014 slaying that the Ascension Parish sheriff claimed may have been “a hit” was sentenced to 18 years in state prison on an unrelated gun conviction, prosecutors said Friday.
An Ascension Parish jury on Dec. 3 convicted Michael “Ma-Man” LeBlanc 11-1 on the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm after a one-day trial stemming from a 2013 arrest.
LeBlanc, 34, 115 First St., Donaldsonville, is one of two defendants in the slaying of Adoriji “Teenie Weenie” Wilson, of Donaldsonville, on June 1, 2014.
Tyler Cavalier, spokesman for the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said LeBlanc is still headed to trial in the Wilson slaying and with a second suspect, Marishell “Kool-aid” Odell Ealem, 30, 123 First St., Donaldsonville. Both men have been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying and face mandatory life sentences if convicted. LeBlanc is set for trial Aug. 23.
At the time of the Wilson shooting, Sheriff Jeff Wiley speculated the slaying may have been “a hit.” Wiley’s then chief deputy, Tony Bacala, added that Wilson and Quincy Nicholas, 34, the victim of another slaying in the same part of Donaldsonville in December 2013, were killed over their involvement in the drug trade.
In LeBlanc’s gun case, prosecutors in Ascension claimed that Louisiana State Police narcotics agents found a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol under a couch cushion in LeBlanc’s home on Nov. 7, 2013.
Agents, who were not watching the area for LeBlanc, entered his home after seeing an alleged drug deal happen in his front yard among other men. One of those men told narcotics agents that his identification was in LeBlanc’s home, prosecutors said.
When agents entered the home, they saw LeBlanc sit on the couch, made him get up out of concern for officer safety and found the gun under the cushion, Cavalier said.
Judge Thomas Kliebert Jr., of the 23rd Judicial District, handed down the 18-year sentence against LeBlanc on Wednesday.
LeBlanc had a felony aggravated battery conviction from 2003 in Orleans Parish, prosecutors said.
In the 2014 slaying, the victim, Wilson, 37, was sitting on a porch of a home on Elizabeth Street in the “back of town” part of Donaldsonville with other men when a man wearing a green rain suit with the hood pulled over his head came up and shot Wilson with no warning, Ascension sheriff’s deputies have said.
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