A Livingston man was sentenced to 60 years in prison Wednesday for stabbing a woman to death at her home on South Satsuma Road, according to the 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Caleb LeJeune, 30, pleaded no contest Wednesday to manslaughter and obstruction of justice in the death of Joy Messina, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said in a news release.
Messina, 47, of Livingston, was found dead in the home on Aug. 31,2014 with "massive trauma" to her throat. A silver pocket knife was also found in the residence, according to the release.
A 47-year-old Livingston woman was found dead in her living room Saturday morning with stab wounds, and the 27-year-old man living with her to…
Autumn Payton, spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office, said LeJeune was identified by DNA evidence from the knife, as well as interviews and further investigation. LeJeune was arrested during a traffic stop after he was seen passing the residence, according to the release.
Livingston Parish Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Steele told the Advocate in 2014 that LeJeune admitted killing Messina. LeJeune had been living with Messina for several weeks, she said.
LeJeune was originally charged with second degree murder. He was sentenced by 21st Judicial District Judge Elizabeth Wolfe.