New Orleans lawyer shot, paralyzed in 2012 has died

New Orleans lawyer shot, paralyzed in 2012 has died
Sandy Kaynor. Source: Fox 8 Archives

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A New Orleans lawyer who was shot and paralyzed in his own Uptown home driveway back in 2012 has died, according to the district attorney's office.

Sandy Kaynor was shot in his driveway on Camp Street back in October of 2012.

The suspect charged in the case, Byron Johnson, 23, proceeded to rob Kaynor's home as his wife and daughter slept inside, according to older FOX 8 reports. 

Kaynor was left paralyzed and unable to speak.

Public Information Officer for the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office Ken Daley said that District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro could possibly pursue new murder charges against the three men who were already convicted of lesser crimes.

The crime rocked the Uptown neighborhood.

"This was a very horrible crime, this victim, this family will suffer from this for the rest of their lives," Cannizzaro said back in 2015.

Cannizzaro said Johnson was a member of the Marley gang based in New Orleans East. While the city actively tries to crack down on gangs, Cannizzaro finds as more and more members are thrown in jail, the gangs don't necessarily die.

"We have found other groups of individuals that have now surfaced and they are sort of picking up where their predecessor, gang members, have left off," Cannizzaro explained.

Often times, older members are recruiting teens to commit violent acts. In the Kaynor case, police arrested two others with Johnson who are accused of participating in the shooting and robbery.

Devante Billy agreed to serve 60 years in connection to the crime, and Charles Carter Jr., who was 16 at the time, was sentenced to 362 years plus a life sentence.

Kaynor is survived by his wife and children.

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