West Bank man booked with second-degree murder, and other New Orleans-area police news

West Bank man booked with murder

Angry that he was hit in the head with a handgun, a Marrero man said he got his revenge by killing the man who hit him, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Alexis Shelby, 31, allegedly shot Michael Gray, 47, about 4:30 a.m. July 6 in the 5900 block of the West Bank Expressway, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

A U.S. marshals task force found Shelby on Tuesday afternoon in the 1000 block of Tensas Street in Harvey.

He admitted to detectives during questioning that he killed Gray, Boyd said.

During an interview with Detective Melvin Francis, Shelby said he had a fight with Gray a few weeks earlier when the two were at a bar. Shelby said Gray hit him in the head with a handgun.

Shelby said the night of the shooting he saw Gray at a West Bank bar and grill, waited for him to leave and shot him as he sat in his truck.

Boyd said Shelby’s statement matched surveillance video from the scene and eyewitness accounts.

Shelby said he tossed the gun he used to kill Gray into the Mississippi River from the Crescent City Connection.

He was booked with second-degree murder.

Father stands up for children, is attacked

A father who pretended he was holding a gun disarmed two men who robbed his son of his watch and tried to hold them until authorities could arrive, only to be attacked by another man upset at how the father treated the alleged robbers.

The 12-year-old victim was at a park in the 800 block of Drake Avenue in Westwego on Tuesday afternoon when Donquell Henry, 18, walked up and demanded the boy’s watch at gunpoint, said Glen Boyd, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The boy handed over his watch and Henry walked away. The boy then told his sister what happened.

She spotted Henry, who continued to linger in the park, but backed away when he brandished the gun in front of her, Boyd said.

The boy and his sister told their father what happened and he confronted Henry and a second man, who also had a gun.

The father told authorities he kept one hand behind his back to make it look like he, too, was armed and demanded the men put down their guns.

Henry and the other man dropped their guns and lay on the ground as the father grabbed the weapons and called 911, Boyd said.

At that point, another man who was upset how the father treated the suspects got into a fight with the father.

Henry and his accomplice ran, but Westwego police soon caught Henry. The second man escaped, Boyd said.

Police found a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol and a .38-caliber revolver on the scene.

Boyd said Henry admitted carrying a gun, but denied he threatened anyone with it.

Henry was booked with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Anyone with information on the second suspect is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office robbery section at (504) 364-5376 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Two sentenced in separate drug cases

Two men accused in separate drug-distribution cases were sentenced Wednesday to a combined 255 months in prison.

U. S. District Judge Stanwood Duval sentenced William Stevenson, 26, of New Orleans to 140 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 1 kilogram or more of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

After the nearly 12-year prison term, Stevenson will face five years of supervised release.

According to the documents, in 2009, Drug Enforcement Administration agents investigated Stevenson for distributing heroin in the B.W. Cooper housing development.

He allegedly conspired with Texas residents Landry Grandison, Troy Poche and Cassandra Batiste to have wholesale quantities of heroin sent to New Orleans. He then cut the heroin for distribution to dealers who sold it in the housing development, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office.

Stevenson supplied heroin to at least seven lower-level distributors working in shifts at his direction, Boente’s office said.

When DEA agents conducted searches of Stevenson’s residences, at 3648 Loyola Drive, Kenner, and 1328 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, they found a total of 731 grams of heroin and 323 grams of cocaine as well as drug paraphernalia, two firearms and more than $78,000 in cash.

U. S. District Judge Martin Feldman sentenced Hoxie Marcelin, 39, of New Orleans, to 115 months in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

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