PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) – A Geismar man pled guilty to manslaughter for killing a Prairieville man back in 2018.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shooting at a Prairieville residence on March 11, 2018, and found 36-year-old Frederick Patterson shot in the neck. At the same time, APSO deputies responded to a nearby field where 39-year-old Cedric Emerson was calling for help. Emerson was sent to a local hospital.

Detectives on the scene interviewed the homeowner and learned Patterson and Emerson were inside the residence together. The homeowner told deputies they were in another room when they heard a loud bang and found Patterson on the floor. According to an official report, a firearm was found on a piece of furniture.

Emerson confessed to killing Patterson and was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

The 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Emerson faces up to 40 years in state prison.