A Slidell man pleaded guilty to two counts of man slaughter and one count of burglary after fatally shooting two men nearly six years ago.
Rhamad R. Jackson, 27, pleaded guilty on Sept. 19 to the fatal shooting of Adrian Thicklin and Olajuwon Johnson on Dec. 9, 2010 according to the Washington - St. Tammany Parishes District Attorney's Office. Jackson was scheduled to go to trial the day he entered the plea agreement.
According to the DA's office, Jackson was walking to a friend house on the night of the shooting when he heard someone call to him from a car. Jackson said he saw Thicklin and Johnson inside the car. Thicklin then allegedly pulled out a handgun and Jackson pulled out his own gun and opened fire, killing both men.
Thicklin was found dead in the vehicle with a gun next to him. Johnson was found shot multiple times a short distance from the vehicle. Police also found cocaine and marijuana in Thicklin's car, according to the DA.
Though witnesses heard the gunshots and saw Jackson run from the scene, there were no independent witnesses to the shooting according to the DA.
Jackson later turned himself in to police and surrendered the weapon he used in the shooting, claiming he shot Thicklin and Johnson in self defense.
Jackson told police that he'd hear Thicklin was looking for him because he'd been accused of stealing video game equipment from his house about a month before the shooting. Property matching that description was later found in Jackson's car, according to the DA.
Jackson was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole, probation or suspension for each of the two manslaughter charges and 10 years for the burglary charge. The sentences will be served concurrently.
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