Mardi Gras parade shooter gets 40 years

A state judge sentenced a man to 40 years for shooting and killing a man at a Mardi Gras parade in 2012, Iberville Parish District Attorney Ricky Ward said Monday.

Akeem Gailes, 27, 24505 Earl Drive, Plaquemine, was sentenced by state District Judge William Dupont on Thursday.

A jury convicted Gailes on June 7 of killing DeWayne Milton Smith, 27, of White Castle. Gailes shot Smith when the two got into an argument at the Plaquemine Community Parade on Feb. 19, 2012.

The judge also sentenced Gailes to 20 years for felony gun possession, Ward said.

The District Attorney’s Office requested Gailes serve the two sentences consecutively, Ward said, but Dupont ordered the sentences be served concurrently.

Gailes is also facing a count of simple escape after he briefly escaped from police custody June 6, the first day of the trial.

Gailes evaded authorities after he jimmied the lock to a holding tank on the third floor of the Iberville Parish Courthouse. He was found by police 20 minutes later, hiding three blocks away under a house on Clay Street.