Man pleads guilty in racially motivated post-Katrina shooting Updated Oct 18; Posted Oct 17

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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.

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.

https://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2018/10/suspect_pleads_guilty_to_racia.html

 

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