Louisiana man sentenced to 30 years in 2017 fatal shooting


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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a woman’s fatal shooting and will spend 30 years in prison.

Courtland Owens was initially charged with second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon in the April 2017 killing of Brandi Ayers, The Advocate reported. The 30-year-old entered his plea Monday, and his prison sentence was imposed under the terms of a plea agreement.

Police said Ayers, 24, was killed in her apartment after she and Owens had an argument. Her roommate told detectives that Owens was holding a gun right after the shooting and that the only other person in the apartment was an infant.

Owens was charged with domestic abuse and assault against Ayers multiple times before her death, according to an arrest report. He was convicted of domestic abuse battery with child endangerment for a March 2016 incident and threatened to kill Ayers in June 2016.

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