Suspect charged with killing 1-year-old pleads guilty to manslaughter
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A second suspect in the shooting death of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels has pled guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter, according to court documents.
With the plea deal, suspect Darnell Ramee agreed to serve 40 years in prison for the shooting.
It has been four years since a one-year-old was gunned down in Central City.
Londyn Samuels was shot and killed on Aug. 29, 2013. The teenage babysitter who was holding her at the time was also hurt.
Two suspects faced murder charges, and were expected to be in court for trial Monday.
Trial for Darnell Ramee and Keelon Armstrong was originally scheduled to start a week ago, but prosecutors asked for an additional week so they could add a new member to their team.
According to court documents, Armstrong cut a deal on Friday, pleading guilty to lesser charges of accessory to 2nd degree murder and accessory to 2nd degree attempted murder.
He was sentenced to five years with credit for the four years he already spent behind bars.
Londyn Samuels mother said in earlier interviews that she will never get over the death of her child, and that she wished they would both spend the rest of their lives in prison.
Ramee was arrested at a residence in the 2900 block of Paris Avenue in September of 2013.
Homicide detectives believed Ramee shot Samuels to death and wounded her babysitter in the 2800-block of South Saratoga Street.
Armstrong was also charged with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder. Police picked him up for speeding on I-10 in New Orleans East. Armstrong is believed to have been Ramee's alleged co-perpetrator.
Samuels mother hopes to finally see justice for her child's death.
"It's hard for me at times because we shared the same birthday. You never get over that feeling of your child not being there. It's hard," said Londyn's mother. "Londyn was beautiful, always smiling, and she loved to eat, she loved to eat, she was okay as long as she seen food."
Londyn's mother said she hopes they spend the rest of their lives in prison.
"I mean it's only right, you took an innocent child's life, she didn't do anything to anyone, she was innocent, she was a 1-year-old, just turned one and two and half weeks later she was murdered."