A Baton Rouge man who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in the 2015 killing of a Honduran immigrant during an armed robbery on Tracy Avenue is asking a state judge to reconsider the 30-year prison term he gave him.

Thirty years is the maximum sentence Karlos Jawoski Ghoram, 22, could have received from District Judge Beau Higginbotham for conspiracy to commit second-degree murder in the slaying of 22-year-old Oswal Migdonio Andrade.

Ghoram, who was indicted in 2016 on a second-degree murder count, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge in July and was sentenced last month. He filed a motion to reconsider the sentence earlier this month.

"I have a 1-year old son that needs me. I am his only provider besides by mother," Ghoram says in the motion, noting that his mother is legally blind.

If Ghoram had been convicted of second-degree murder, he would have faced a mandatory term of life behind bars.

Devaughn Tyler, 18, and Lawrence Bennett, 19, both of Baton Rouge, also were indicted on second-degree murder charges.

Tyler pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Higginbotham.

The judge last month found Bennett incompetent to proceed, saying he currently lacks the mental capacity to understand the proceedings against him and assist in his defense.

Higginbotham ordered Bennett sent to the state mental hospital in Jackson and ordered officials there to inform him when Bennett "has obtained maximum benefit from competency restoration services and is able to comprehend the proceedings against him and to assist in his defense."

If the state hospital determines Bennett will not attain the capacity to proceed with his trial in the foreseeable future, the judge wrote that he would conduct a hearing to determine whether Bennett "is, and will in the foreseeable future be, incapable of standing trial and whether he is a danger to himself or others."

Andrade moved to the United States from Honduras about 15 years ago and worked as a roofer, family members have said.

He was fatally shot at about 11:10 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2015, in the 9000 block of Tracy Avenue.

No court date has been set for Higginbotham to take up Ghoram's request for a new sentence.



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