The last defendant awaiting trial as a member of the 6th Ward Wild Side gang pleaded guilty on Tuesday, wrapping up the case against a group accused in a half-dozen killings between 2011 and 2012.
Rashad “Shad” Bakewell, 29, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, racketeering and other counts before Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Laurie White. She sentenced him to 28 years on the racketeering count and 20 years on the manslaughter count under the terms of an agreement with the office of Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
Bakewell and five other men were indicted on a raft of charges related to murder and drug-dealing in December 2014. Authorities said they dispensed drugs and violence in an area near the former Lafitte housing development and on Dumaine Street.
"This concludes a very complex and difficult prosecution that helped rid New Orleans of one of its most violent narcotics-dealing gangs," Cannizzaro said in a statement. "We are glad that we were finally able to bring some closure to the victims and families affected by their violent rampage. And we are pleased that none of these defendants will be able to hurt members of our community for many years to come."
A member of the 6th Ward Wild Side gang who once faced three life terms was sentenced to 35 years in prison Monday under a deal with prosecutors.
Bakewell also pleaded guilty to counts of attempted second-degree murder, conspiracy to distribute heroin, illegal discharge of weapon during a crime of violence and two counts of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
Defense attorney John Fuller said that under the terms of the plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed a murder charge against Bakewell connected to the November 2011 killing of Alfred “Nuck Jr.” Dixon, who was suspected of membership in a rival gang.
Bakewell pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the killing Demetrious Adams on Dec. 27, 2012. Prosecutors said he thought Adams helped a rival gang member escape during a chase prompted by the death of a 6th Ward Wild Side gang three days earlier.
“I’m satisfied that my client was able to reach a plea agreement. He was anxious to get this chapter of his life behind him and plans to take this opportunity to better himself,” Fuller said.
All six other men indicted in the gang have previously pleaded guilty. Damion Abram received 35 years last month. Joseph Marshall got 28 years, Blake Ricks got 20 years, Rendell Marshall got 15 years and Trey Mitchell got 15 years.
Assistant District Attorneys Alex Calenda and Irena Zajickova handled the case against the gang.
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