A Louisiana man robbed and killed an acquaintance during a drug deal. Then, he planned to kill his girlfriend for cooperating with the police.
Now, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
This month, 24th Judicial District Court Judge Donald Rowan Jr. sentenced Jyrease Havies, 21, to life in prison for the shooting death of Christopher Wilson, 20.
Havies was found guilty and convicted by a jury after a two-day trial of second-degree murder, solicitation to commit murder, obstruction of justice, aggravated criminal damage to property and attempted simple escape.
According to prosecutors, during the late hours of Aug. 27, 2019, Havies lured Wilson under the false pretense of a drug deal. Then, the defendant shot Wilson and fled the crime scene in a getaway car driven by his girlfriend Haylee Lester and another co-defendant, Coby Harris, 20.
After fleeing, Havies ordered Lester to return to the crime scene after he discovered he left his phone in the victim’s car. However, the defendant was unsuccessful in finding it and had to flee the scene a second time. Later, Havies used Lester’s phone to track and wipe his phone’s content remotely. However, investigators were already in possession of the defendant’s phone.
Though the couple was arrested on the same day, prosecutors tried all three defendant’s separately, with Lester becoming a key prosecution witness after investigators uncovered Havies’ plans to kill his girlfriend, reported Nola.com.
As a result, Lester pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. The 20-year-old was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while Harris was handed an eight-year term for his role in disposing of the clothes Havies wore on the day of the incident.
In addition, Lester was sentenced to five years in prison for being an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder. She was ordered to serve both sentences at the same time.
Rowan handed Havies the life term, plus another 75 years for his crimes.