Man pleads guilty to manslaughter to avoid murder trial following cousin’s 2014 shooting death _lowres

Ahmad Wiley (JPSO)

A man charged with murder in the shooting death of his cousin while they allegedly tried to rob someone at gunpoint in Marrero almost two years ago pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter, a lesser offense.

Ahmad Wiley, 20, also pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice.

Judge June Darensburg, of 24th Judicial District Court, sentenced Wiley to 25 years in prison, with credit for time served since his arrest the day after the killing, records show.

According to Jefferson Parish authorities, Wiley and Alontay Simmons, 17, planned to rob two men who approached them to buy a cellphone in the 2800 block of Mount Kennedy Drive on Sept. 11, 2014. Wiley and Simmons pulled guns on the pair and started firing when the men tried to flee, authorities said.

Witnesses said Wiley and Simmons each fired at least six shots, with one bullet striking Simmons in the chest, killing him.

Wiley later was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder — punishable by life imprisonment — as well as trying to hide a handgun following the deadly shooting.

His trial was scheduled to begin this past Monday, but the judge postponed proceedings for four days as Wiley and Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office finalized a plea deal, records show.

Manslaughter convictions in Louisiana can carry up to 40 years in prison. Obstruction of justice in the wake of manslaughter is punishable by up to 20 years.

Darensburg on Friday ordered Wiley to serve 25 years for the manslaughter charge and 20 years for obstruction,with the sentences to run concurrently.