NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office released details today on the conviction of Darryl Watson, 20, on one count of manslaughter. On Wednesday, the defendant pled guilty to killing Zachery Carpenter.
On May 10, 2013, when the defendant was 18, he shot Carpenter in the back of the head in an apparent robbery attempt. Carpenter, a native of New York, had moved to New Orleans to build a skate park under the I-610 near Paris Avenue. The homicide occurred blocks away from the area Carpenter had hoped to start his business.
Assistant District Attorney Ian Dover prosecuted the case.
In response to the conviction, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro stated, "This was a horrific crime perpetrated against a young man who moved to New Orleans to build a small business. Instead, he fell victim to a cycle of violence that destroys far too many lives in this city. I hope that Mr. Carpenter's family can find some small measure of closure in today's conviction."
The defendant had no prior record of arrest or conviction. Pursuant to the terms of the plea, the defendant was sentenced to 40-years (i.e. the maximum) on the manslaughter conviction.