Freedom in sight for man convicted of murder as teen
Updated 6:20 pm, Friday, December 1, 2017
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man who was a teenager when he accidentally killed a friend during a botched armed robbery in New Orleans has had his life sentence reduced to 25 years.
Court records show the sentence for 23-year-old Jeremy Burse was reduced Friday.
Burse will get credit for more than seven years already served, leaving roughly 17 years to serve. He was 15 when he was jailed in the death of his 16-year-old friend, Anthony Davis.
A news release from District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says Davis' mother agreed to the reduced sentence, which followed mediation involving Cannizzaro's "Restorative Justice Unit."
Burse pleaded guilty to manslaughter Friday after his murder conviction was vacated by Judge Byron Williams, who imposed the new sentence.
"This case involved two boys who were very close friends and made very stupid mistakes," Assistant District Attorney Laura Rodrigue said in the news release. "Their families knew each other and had been trying to keep their sons on the right path. Both families suffered devastating losses through the actions of both the defendant and the victim."
According to Cannizzaro's office and past news accounts, a bullet fired by Burse struck Davis as they tried to rob a security guard in 2010.
The guard had refused to turn over his revolver when the teens tried to rob him. Davis fired, striking the guard in the arm and finger. A bullet fired by Burse ricocheted and hit Davis, killing him.