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A white man who admitted to shooting three black men in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Roland Bourgeois Jr pleaded guilty to two federal criminal counts last October in a deal with prosecutors, ending a years-long legal battle that had been delayed more than a dozen times amid questions about the 56-year-old's mental and physical health.
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The defendant, who is in a wheelchair, was sentenced on Thursday by US District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon.
Bourgeois Jr was among several people prosecuted for using unjustifiable force against others after Hurricane Katrina tore through on August 29, 2005, leaving New Orleans without power and largely underwater from flooding caused by levee failures.
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Roughly three days after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Bourgeois Jr fired a shotgun at three black men who were trying to evacuate the Algiers Point neighborhood.
One man, Donnell Herrington, was hit in his neck and back. Two others, Chris Collins and Marcel Alexander, were struck in their arms, legs and backs.
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Prosecutors said that Bourgeois Jr and others formed a vigilante neighborhood watch and had discussed gunning down black people to defend Algiers Point from 'outsiders' after the storm.
Bourgeois Jr's conversations both before and after the shooting were laced with racial epithets, court filings said.
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His original indictment claimed he had told a black neighborhood resident: 'Anything coming up this street darker than a brown paper bag is getting shot.'
After he shot the men, Bourgeois Jr allegedly bragged that he 'got one' and threatened to 'kill that n*****' if he learned that the victim had survived.
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He also displayed a bloody baseball cap that fell off Herrington's head during the attack as if it were a trophy, according to documents Bourgeois Jr signed when pleading...
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