Man, 24, convicted of manslaughter, arson gets 70 years _lowres

Devin Baham

Devin Baham, a 24-year-old Slidell man convicted in May of manslaughter, arson and obstruction of justice in the 2012 death of Ashley King, was sentenced Friday to 70 years in prison.

Judge Allison Penzato, of 22nd Judicial District Court, gave Baham 55 years on the manslaughter charge, 15 years on the arson charge and 10 on obstruction. The latter two sentences will run concurrently after the manslaughter sentence ends, according to Lisa Page, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Warren Montgomery.

A St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Baham in May for his role in the death of King, who was killed in her apartment in 2012.

Baham was the third defendant convicted in connection with King’s death. Andrew Sumner and Katelyn Lusich had already pleaded guilty.

The three went to King’s apartment on Bayou Lane in Slidell to rob her of drugs and money, they testified. While Lusich waited in the car, Baham and Sumner went upstairs, later returning to tell Lusich that the robbery had gone badly and that King had been killed. Later, the pair returned to the apartment and set it on fire, destroying much of it.

Sumner pleaded guilty to manslaughter, arson and obstruction of justice, while Lusich pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Sumner will be sentenced Aug. 29. Lusich was sentenced to 40 years but is expected to serve about 13 total years, her attorney has said.

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