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Roland Bourgeois, Jr., 55, pleaded guilty Wednesday (Oct. 17) to the racially charged shooting of three black men in the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina. (File photo)
A white man accused of shooting at three black men in a racially motivated attack following Hurricane Katrina pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday (Oct. 17), signaling a possible finale to a years-long legal battle.
Roland Bourgeois Jr., 55, abandoned his previous not-guilty plea as part of a deal with prosecutors, rather than face a trial that was set for Nov. 26.
Bourgeois’ case has dragged on for years. He was indicted five years after Katrina on allegations that he fired a shotgun at three black men in Algiers Point during the immediate aftermath of the storm. Since then, his trial was delayed over a dozen times amid questions about his physical and mental health.
Bourgeois appeared in court Wednesday. He stood before U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon in an orange jumpsuit with a silver cane supporting his frame and pleaded guilty under terms of a deal struck between Bourgeois and federal prosecutors.