Judge Kathy Johnson sentenced a Ferriday man on Jan. 24 to five years at the Louisiana Department of Corrections for manslaughter.
Don’Teale Ka’relle Carter, 21, pled guilty to the charge on Nov. 7 in Seventh Judicial District Court in Vidalia.
He was accused of killing 42-year-old Teresa Poole who was mortally wounded at a Ferriday car wash in May 2018.
District Attorney Brad Burget said Tuesday that Carter was originally charged with second-degree battery.
Poole died after the original charge was filed.
A videotape at the car wash at Moose Tobacco showed that Carter was selling drugs that turned out to be fake.
When confronted by Poole over the fake drugs, Carter swung a hammer and hit her in the head.
Following an investigation, the Louisiana State Police recommended a charge of second-degree murder.
Burget said to convict Carter of that charge he was required to prove that Carter intended to kill Poole when he swung the hammer.
There was no evidence that Carter intended to kill Poole, Burget said.
Because of that, Burget said his office determined to file a lesser charge of manslaughter, which is a homicide committed by a person involved in a felony who did not intend to cause a death.
Carter faced a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison on the manslaughter charge.
Between the time of his plea in November and his sentencing last week, Carter was booked on Dec. 6 on a separate offense -- possession of marijuana.
The DA’s office is presently investigating that charge, Burget said.