A white man who shot and killed three young black men who attempted to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina died a few days after being sentenced to ten years in prison for crimes, the authorities said Wednesday.
Roland J. Bourgeois Jr., 56, died on February 19, five days after being convicted, in a jail in Louisiana while in the care of the United States Marshal Service, said MP Walter Martin. Mr. Bourgeois was waiting for a transfer to a federal prison.
The Plaquemines Parish sheriff's office is taking care of the death investigation, Martin added. The cause of death was not immediately clear, but Mr. Martin said the authorities had not suspected misconduct.
Shortly after hurricane devastated New Orleans in 2005, Bourgeois fired the three men with a gun because they were black and entered the neighborhood he lived in, the US Attorney's Office had said the eastern district of Louisiana , The men, all of whom were injured in the shooting, had tried to reach a ferry pier used by the state and federal agencies as an evacuation site.
In 2010, the prosecutor charged Mr Bourgeois with five offenses maximum sentence was life in prison. The prosecution later dismissed the original indictment as part of a ground of appeal, and in October, Bourgeois pleaded two charges: the interference with the rights of the men he targeted and the use of a firearm during a violent crime.
14 In both cases he was sentenced to five years in prison. He was also sentenced to five years in prison.