A Vacherie man paroled from prison in 2010 after a judge reduced his 40-year sentence for a 1996 shooting was sentenced Monday to a 70-year prison term after he was convicted over the summer in a second nonfatal shooting.
Judge Jessie LeBlanc, of the 23rd Judicial District, sentenced Lavell Anthony Gant, 37, at the St. James Parish Courthouse in Convent in the May 2014 shooting and wounding of Ansley Jackson, prosecutors said.
In a June bench trial, LeBlanc found Gant guilty of attempted second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gant, 1218 Old Vacherie Road, Vacherie, had agreed to waive his right to a jury trial.
Deputies said at the time of Gant’s arrest that Jackson, then 31, was found in his home on Church Street in Vacherie about 5 a.m. May 27, 2014, shot in the leg and losing blood.
Jackson had to be taken by helicopter to a New Orleans hospital but recovered.
Gant and Jackson, who ran rival dice games in Vacherie, had gotten into a confrontation about a month before the shooting, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Shots were fired through the window and wall of Jackson’s mobile home while he slept, striking him in the leg, prosecutors said.
Prosecutor Bruce Mohon said Tuesday that during the two-day trial, it was shown that Gant had been in Jackson’s mobile home before and knew its layout.
Mohon, assistant district attorney with the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said prosecutors showed Gant was jealous of Jackson’s relationship with Gant’s onetime girlfriend and upset that Jackson ran a more successful dice game than Gant. Jackson and the girlfriend also testified at the trial in June.
Gant previously was convicted of attempted second-degree murder in another case in 1998 and was sentenced to 40 years at hard labor.
In May 2010, 23rd Judicial District Judge Alvin Turner Jr. reduced Gant’s sentence to 15 years with credit for time served after Gant asked for his sentence to be reconsidered, court papers say.
Gant was released to good-time parole supervision in August 2010, said Pam Laborde, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman. He completed supervised parole in February 2013.
LeBlanc sentenced Gant on Monday to 50 years on the attempted second-degree murder conviction and another 20 years in the firearms possession conviction. The two sentences will be served consecutively and without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence, prosecutors with the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release late Monday.
Gant remained in St. James Parish Prison in Convent on Tuesday, online records say.
The 23rd Judicial District encompasses St. James, Ascension and Assumption parishes.
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