A 25-year-old man reached a last-minute plea deal with prosecutors on Monday, accepting 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole for gunning down another man in Algiers two years ago.
Renaldo Mathieu was scheduled to begin trial Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in the killing of 30-year-old Christopher Rideau, who was shot dead on Meadow Park Drive in July 2011.
Mathieu was facing an automatic life sentence if a jury found him guilty as charged. He instead pleaded guilty to manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Mathieu’s criminal history includes a possession of cocaine conviction and arrests for illegal guns and fleeing from police.
Ricardo Brown, 26, also pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact and accepted a five-year prison sentence for his role in the crime.
A third man, 24-year-old Robert Brown, was originally booked with obstruction of justice in the shooting and faced up to 40 years in prison.
He pleaded guilty to two counts criminal mischief in June 2012 and was sentenced to six months at Orleans Parish Prison.