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|Bethley, two others sentenced in Green murder|
Convicted murderer Bryant Lakeith Bethley, 36, was sentenced to life in prison last week for the April 3, 2010, second degree murder of Reginald Green and to 90 years on three counts of attempted second degree murder involving three other victims.
He has also been charged as an habitual offender. A hearing will be held on that matter on January 18, 2012, according to the District Attorney's office.
Bethley had a prior conviction for armed robbery in the mid-1990s, according to District Attorney Burget, who noted that Bethley had served 12 years of the 24-year sentence at the time of his release in 2005.
Judge Kathy Johnson handed down Bethley's sentence in the Green murder on Nov. 2.
Two of the three other men convicted in the case have been sentenced.
The victim was from Ferriday as are all of the defendants.
Bethley, 36, received 25 years each for the attempted murders of Myecha Leonard and Kevin Carter, while he was sentenced to 40 years for the attempted murder of Kenneth Leonard. All three were passengers in Green's SUV when the shooting occurred.
Bethley got 40 years on the charge involving Kenneth Leonard for placing the gun to Leonard's head although the gun was not fired.
These sentences will run consecutive to the life charge against Bethley.
Defendant Daniel Durans Butler, 30, of Ferriday, who had entered a plea of guilty to one count of obstruction of justice, was sentenced to 10 years, five suspended, and ordered five years active supervised probation on his release. He was given credit for time served.
Andreas Marquez Cauley, charged with obstruction of justice for disposing of the assault rifle used in the shooting, previously pled guilty and has been sentenced to five years with credit for time served.
A fourth defendant, Reginald Butler, pled guilty to second degree murder, and was scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 9.
Burget said the shooting was the result of a dispute between Green and Bethley over money. Burget said when Green questioned Bethley over $700 Green's mother reported missing that the two argued over the matter on and off all day, climaxing with the shooting.
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