A Covington man accused of shooting and killing a man during a robbery last year at the Green Springs Motel near Covington has been found guilty of second-degree murder, according to a news release from District Attorney Warren Montgomery.
The man, 20-year-old Demetri Antonio James, now faces a mandatory life sentence.
According to the news release, James and two other men went into a room at the motel to commit a robbery on Oct. 4, 2016, and began searching the pockets of the man sleeping in the room, Brandon Washington.
After Washington woke up and a scuffle started, James shot him in the head, the news release states.
Both of the other men involved pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and armed robbery with a firearm. They now face up to 50 years in prison.
James faces sentencing before Judge Richard Swartz, Jr. in Division C of the 22nd Judicial District on Jan. 10. Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence in Louisiana.