Man gets 15-year sentence for fatal shooting at 2014 7th Ward dice game in light of weak case

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:55:38 PM. Gerald Coleman sighed, stared downward and tapped on a lectern. He had just received a 15-year sentence for a fatal shooting at a 7th Ward dice game.
Gerald Coleman sighed, stared downward and tapped on a lectern. He had just received a 15-year sentence for a fatal shooting at a 7th Ward dice game. But before the man in the orange jumpsuit was led away to prison Monday, he had something to say to the victim’s family. “I can’t say I understand what y’all going through because I don’t, but I’ve felt the pain also for my friends that have passed away,” Coleman said. “I just hope and pray that y’all continue to keep me in your prayers, and I’ll do the same.” Coleman’s statement put an end to a case that lingered in the courts since his arrest nearly two years ago for the December 2014 killing of Roland West, the 40-year-old father of several children. Relatives of West bemoaned what they saw as a light sentence but extended their forgiveness at Monday's hearing. Coleman, 27, faced the possibility of life in prison on counts of second-degree murder, armed robbery and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said they agreed to reduce his charges in light of a weak case. Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson imposed Coleman's sentence.  “It’s not right for you to walk with 15 years,” West’s sister, Angela Davis, said as a series of relatives spoke during tearful victim-impact testimony. “But I want you to know that you do have a chance to repent for the crime that you did and the sin that you did, taking my brother’s life.” District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said the case against Coleman was hobbled by...Read more
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