Tory Clark, convicted in January of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a teenager outside a Kenner block party when Clark was just 15, will be eligible for parole after he serves 35 years of a life sentence, a state district judge ruled Tuesday.
Second-degree murder typically carries an automatic sentence of life in prison without benefit of parole, probation or suspended sentence. However, because of Clark’s age at the time of the shooting, 24th Judicial District Court Judge Ray Steib had the discretion to decide how soon he would be eligible for release after the first 35 years.
Steib gave Clark the lightest possible sentence. With credit for time served, he could be released in 2045, when he’s 50 years old.
Clark admitted to pulling the trigger on a gun he said he found a few weeks before the June 6, 2010, incident, in which a dispute with another group of boys escalated as they left the block party.
Clark and his friend Charles Lathers, who will stand trial for his role in the killing next month, fired their guns, though Clark’s defense contended they were fired upon first.
Terrance Augustine, a 16-year-old not involved in the argument who was on his way to the party, was struck by bullets and fell to the sidewalk dead.
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