LIVINGSTON – A California man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to negligent homicide in the 2017 shooting death of a Walker man, according to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.
Judge Charlotte Foster sentenced Frederik Dennis, 25, of Compton, Calif., in 21st Judicial District Court on the negligent homicide count and a count of possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, Perrilloux said.
The plea agreement was reached by Assistant District Attorney Kurt Wall after consultations and agreement with the family of Timothy Michael Avera, he said.
On June 21, 2017, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies answered a call of a shooting in the 20000 block of Saun Drive in Denham Springs.
Deputies found Avera, 19, on the ground with a gunshot wound, Perrilloux said.
He was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge where he died as a result of his wound.
According to witness statements, a 4-door white car pulled into a nearby residence to possibly retrieve some previously stolen narcotics.
No one was seen exiting the vehicle and as it began to back down Saun Drive, a single gunshot was fired from the vehicle by Frederik Dennis, which struck the victim in the upper chest area.
After the shooting, Dennis left the vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area.
Deputies tracked Dennis and captured him the next day.