BR man convicted in 2010 killing, armed robbery on 75th Street

A 22-year-old Baton Rouge man was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder, armed robbery and other charges in the 2010 shooting death of a man on 75th Street.

Brandon Seals faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison in the killing of Otis Taylor, 32, on Dec. 23, 2010.

State District Judge Richard Anderson scheduled Seals’ sentencing for April 16.

Seals arranged to meet Taylor and another man in the 2000 block of 75th Street to sell Taylor an iPhone, police have said. When Taylor and the other victim arrived, Seals tried to rob them.

Seals shot Taylor multiple times while the second victim escaped without injury, police said.

In addition to second-degree murder and armed robbery, a unanimous East Baton Rouge Parish jury found Seals guilty of attempted second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Jurors deliberated for almost an hour.

East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Sonya Cardia-Porter prosecuted the case.

At the time of his April 2011 arrest in the fatal shooting, Seals was already in Parish Prison in the Dec. 12, 2010, robbery of a man on Great Smokey Avenue during another iPhone sale scam, police said.