A Marrero man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for stabbing a Harvey funeral home director to death the night before Hurricane Isaac struck in August 2012.
Alfredo Scott, 32, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and obstruction of justice before Judge Michael Mentz, of 24th Judicial District Court.
Scott told detectives he met Noah Stoute in a bar on Aug. 28, 2012, and Stoute agreed to give him some money. The two went to Stoute’s apartment at Mothe Funeral Home but began arguing.
Scott said he stabbed Stoute in self-defense before fleeing with Stoute’s 2005 Honda Accord, which he said he burned in Algiers.
Stoute’s body wasn’t found until almost a week later because of the storm. Medical examiners initially believed he might have died of natural causes but soon found multiple stab wounds.
Scott was arrested Sept. 5, 2012, while hiding in an attic near his Marrero home. He had Stoute’s cellphone with him.
Scott was facing life in prison had he gone to trial and been convicted of second-degree murder, the original charge against him.
He was sentenced to 20 years on the obstruction of justice charge, though that sentence will run concurrently with the 30-year term for manslaughter.
Stoute, 51, was a native of Crowley who began working at Mothe in 2003.
Boyd Mothe Jr., head of the company, said, “It has been too long since Noah lost his life for justice to be served.”
He called Stoute “a kind and gentle man who spent all of his adult years caring for others as a licensed funeral director” and who “is sadly missed ... at Mothe Funeral Homes.”
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