Convicted killer Terry Speaks has been given a second life prison sentence stemming from the 2012 death of Bourbon Street dancer Jaren Lockhart.
Speaks, who was convicted last year, initially drew a life sentence for second-degree murder, along with a 40-year sentence for obstruction of justice and a 20-year sentence for conspiracy to obstruct justice.
However, 24th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Grefer increased Speaks’ 40-year sentence on the obstruction charge to a life sentence after finding him guilty Friday of being a four-time felony offender.
The obstruction conviction, for dismembering and disposing of Lockhart’s body, is to be served consecutively with the life sentence he got for second-degree murder in July, which means he would theoretically serve a second life term after his death.
The sentence for conspiracy remains at 20 years, to be served concurrently with the first life sentence.
Speaks’ prior felonies relate to a 2003 conviction in North Carolina for having sex with a 14-year-old and for twice failing to register as a sex offender in the years since then. Grefer sentenced him to eight years on that charge in March.
Speaks’ accused accomplice in the killing of Lockhart, Margaret Sanchez, is scheduled to go to trial this summer.
Authorities say the two lured Lockhart from the Bourbon Street strip club where she worked with the promise of money for sex, only to kill her after taking her to their home in Kenner.
Prosecutors said Speaks dismembered the body the morning of June 6, 2012, and he and Sanchez then drove to Mississippi, where they disposed of the body.
Speaks is serving his time at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and is not eligible for parole, probation or a suspended sentence.
His attorney has said he plans to appeal the convictions.
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