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Cop in Wendell Allen Shooting Charged

Posted: Aug 23, 2012

 More than five months after a 20-year-old man was gunned down by a member of the New Orleans Police Department while standing on a staircase in his Gentilly home on Prentiss Street, a New Orleans family is still seeking answers and justice.

The family of Wendell Allen said early last week that it was frustrated that the officer who shot the 20-year-old unarmed man has changed his mind about pleading guilty to negligent homicide.

FOX 8 News was the first news outlet to report that the plea agreement was in jeopardy after District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro made an appearance on FOX 8’s morning news.

Officer Joshua Colclough was to receive a five-year prison sentence in exchange for his guilty plea to negligent homicide.

“I am aware that he ultimately rejected the plea offer, and he rejected it because he believes he did not even commit the crime of negligent homicide,” said Police Association of New Orleans attorney Eric Hessler.

Colclough, 28, was indicted Thursday on one count of manslaughter. After a grand jury returned an indictment, the Orleans Parish D.A. said he would invoke a firearms sentencing provision that would mean a minimum 20-year sentence if Colclough is convicted. Read more here.

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