Slidell man gets 12 years in prison for role in 2013 shooting _lowres

Raheem Willis

A Slidell man was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for his role in a deadly 2013 brawl outside a Slidell bar, according to Lisa Page, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Warren Montgomery.

Judge Peter Garcia, of 22nd Judicial District Court, imposed the sentence on Raheem Willis, 22, after Willis pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Willis was the third man to offer his plea in connection with the incident, in which Clarence Adams was fatally shot.

The brawl began about 2 a.m. Aug. 18, 2013, when Willis drove past the bar and pointed a gun at two women who had been in an argument with his girlfriend, Page said. Later, Willis’ girlfriend got into a fight at the same bar, and Willis, fearing payback, asked then-15-year-old Eduardo Morales to get a rifle for him.

The dispute moved outside, where Willis confronted Adams about remarks Adams supposedly had made about Willis’ girlfriend. To scare Adams, Willis fired a shot in his direction and then put the gun down to fight Adams, Page said.

Morales picked up the gun and fired four times, hitting Adams once in the left arm, twice in the abdomen and once in the head, killing him.

Morales pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in May and has been sentenced to life in prison.

A third man, Daquan Ratliff, pleaded guilty in May to being an accessory after the fact for fleeing the scene with the gun. Ratliff was given a five-year suspended sentence and five years of probation.

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