Samuel Cooks

Samuel Cooks, 23, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 5, 2017.

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A New Orleans man pleaded guilty to manslaughter this week and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a drive-by shooting in Metairie that killed a man in 2013.

Samuel Cooks was charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in deal with Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s Office Tuesday, according to court documents.

He also pleaded guilty as charged to being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Cooks, 23, was sentenced by Judge Glenn Ansardi in 24th Judicial District Court. His 10-year sentence on the weapons charge was run concurrently with the 40 years for manslaughter, and he was given credit for time served.

Cooks was 19 when he was arrested more than four years ago after shooting Ryan Easly, 22, to death in the 1100 block of South Upland Avenue.

Authorities said Cooks drove by on a red motorcycle and shot Easly a half a dozen times while he stood in the driveway of his aunt’s home at about 5:30 p.m.

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