Marrero man convicted of murder and shooting 8-year-old sentenced to life in prison

Marrero man convicted of murder and shooting 8-year-old sentenced to life in prison

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - A Jefferson Parish man was sentenced to life in prison after his conviction of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Prosecutors say he killed a man in Marrero and injured an 8-year-old girl during the shooting.

Kendell Ellis, 29, was convicted on Feb. 2 and sentenced Tuesday.

Anderson "CJ" Massey, 29, was killed outside his apartment in the 1100 block of Dimarco Drive on Oct. 23, 2014, as he attempted to avoid being the victim of an armed robbery, according to testimony presented during the trial.

The child, meanwhile, was playing outside her cousin's apartment when she was struck in the back by a bullet meant for Massey. The child survived, and surgeons left the bullet in her body, according to trial testimony.

In impact testimony Tuesday, Massey's father told the court that closure is defined as resolution of conclusion, "but not when it comes to my family losing CJ to murder." He further testified that "as much as I want to hate you for taking my son," he could not hate Ellis.

"Hating you would not bring CJ back," he testified. "It would only add stress to my life."

After denying a defense motion for a new trial, 24th Judicial District Judge Henry Sullivan sentenced Ellis to life for the murder, 50 years for the attempted murder of the child and 49 1/2 years for the conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He ran the sentences concurrently.