BR man gets life sentence for Iberville slayings

A Baton Rouge man was sentenced to two life sentences Friday for killing two men in 2012 and leaving their bodies in an abandoned vehicle in a field in Iberville Parish.

Harry Prater, 1331 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd., will have to serve the life sentences consecutively, without benefit of probation, parole or suspension for the murders, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office reported Friday.

Prater, 31, was convicted May 8 of two counts of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Ronald Harrell, 38, of Baton Rouge, and Junius Dedrick, III, 46, of Ventress, on Sept. 24.

Harrell and Dedrick were found shot to death inside a vehicle that was abandoned in a field near the Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy on St. Louis Road in Plaquemine.

Family members said previously they believed Dedrick and Harrell were traveling to Plaquemine to visit one of Dedrick’s cousins, according to accounts provided by authorities.

Prosecutors said armed robbery was the motive for the killing.

Officials said previously the three men had gone out to clubs together the night before the murders and Dedrick had been flashing a large wad of cash.