Man gets probation in 'boxed body' case

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A state district judge has sentenced a Deville man to three years supervised probation for killing his male companion in 2007 and hiding the body in a box until it was found the following year.

But Rapides Parish prosecutor Thomas Willson tells The Town Talk ( ) Monday that Judge Thomas Yeager was reconsidering the sentencing he gave to Bobby Christopher Lucas, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in June for killing Kerry Anthony Lane.

Monday, the 39-year-old Lucas sat in the rear of the court gallery with his wife before walking to the bench with attorney George Higgins.

"He's married. He's changed his lifestyle" and he's a manager at an Alexandria fast food restaurant, Higgins told Yeager.

Lucas could have received up to 40 years in prison at hard labor.

Yeager said he reviewed Lucas' case and the circumstances of the killing. He sentenced Lucas to 10 years at hard labor, then suspended the sentence and imposed probation.

Lucas also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, $484 in court costs and a sum of money to be determined later in restitution.

Yeager on Monday ordered Lane's body to be released to his family for a funeral. Yeager said the restitution depends on how much the funeral costs.

Willson told the judge that Lane's father and other family members were not in court to issue a victim's impact statement.

Lucas in 2011 was indicted on a second-degree murder charge, and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in June. Willson and Higgins at the time said the plea deal depended on both sides agreeing on a sentence.

Willson said Monday that sentencing is the province of the judge, and that he would wait to hear from Yeager.


Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk,

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