Slidell man sentenced to 60 years for 2013 killing

Slidell man sentenced to 60 years for 2013 killing

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A Slidell man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for killing a 21-year-old man in 2013.

A St. Tammany Parish judge sentenced Michael G. Smith, Jr., 24, to 60 years in prison for killing Warren Pryor, whose body was found on January 7 with gunshot wounds to the head and one to the right hand in the parking lot of Chase Bank on Gause Boulevard.

Pryor's burned car was found in New Orleans. Shell casings located in the house where Pryor lived matched those found in his car.

Dried blood found on Smith Jr.'s pants also matched Pryor's.

Smith Jr. initially told police he shot Pryor in self-defense, but ballistics tests proved otherwise.

The day before the Slidell shooting, Smith Jr. had shot a man to death in New Orleans and also claimed self-defense.

But the ballistics tests showed the bullets in both cases came from the same gun. Smith Jr. also pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the New Orleans killing and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

His sentence in the St. Tammany case is to run concurrently.

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