Man accused in Louisiana teen’s death enters plea deal
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) — A former death row inmate who maintained his innocence in the 1998 killing of a pizza-delivery boy outside Albany has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The Advocate reports with credit for the nearly 18 years already spent in custody, Michael Wearry has served most of his prison term.
State District Judge Robert Morrison sentenced Wearry Wednesday in the death of Eric Walber, a 16-year-old Albany High School honor student and football player. Wearry was among six people convicted in Walber’s death.
Wearry had been sentenced to death at his first trial, but the U.S. Supreme Court set it aside in 2016, ruling prosecutors failed to disclose information that could have aided his defense.
He was expected to go to trial Jan. 22 for first-degree murder.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com