Michael Gentry, 34, pleaded guilty on March 19 to second-degree murder in the June 20, 2019, death of 52-year-old Antonio Williams, a postal carrier who was delivering mail at a South Highlands apartment complex.
Gentry was first indicted by a Caddo Parish grand jury in September 2019. Then, in December 2019, a federal grand jury also indicted Gentry on one count of second-degree murder of a federal employee engaged in official duties, along with one count of illegal firearms in possession of a felon and one count of discharging a firearm in an act of violence.
Since then, Gentry’s dual cases have been winding through the Caddo District and U.S. Western District of Louisiana Courts, which in addition to COVID delays, have included a sanity study in Caddo Parish and the original federal trial date of Feb. 7 reset to Tuesday, March 29.
In accepting the federal plea deal, Gentry pleaded guilty to the federal second-degree murder charges, and federal prosecutors dropped the firearms charges.
As part of the plea deal, Gentry agreed to a sentence of 40 years in federal prison; however, if Gentry is tried and convicted of second-degree murder in Caddo Parish, the mandatory sentence is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
The Caddo District Attorney’s office has not responded to an inquiry as to whether Gentry would still be tried in Caddo Parish.