RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - A year and a half after Akeeley Blade, 20 of Alexandria, was found guilty by a Rapides Parish jury of first-degree murder and felony criminal conspiracy, he will be sentenced to life in prison.
Akeeley Keshawn Blade, Jr. | Photo Source: RPSO
Blade was convicted for the beating death of Michael Butler, 55 of Lecompte, at a Motel 6 in Alexandria. Butler was killed back in Aug. 2016. Three other defendants in the case - Camryn Lasyone, Travis Weston and Brooke Daniels have already been sentenced for their roles.
Lasyone received a sentence of 15 years for the lesser charge of manslaughter. Weston received a sentence of 25 years for a count of criminal conspiracy. Daniels received a sentence of 10 years for conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery.
The delay in Blade's sentencing came as a result of several post-trial motions filed by his attorney, Michael Brewer, that were unsuccessful. A first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
The sentencing, which was scheduled at a court appearance on Monday, is set for Aug. 26 in front of Judge Chris Hazel. The case was initially prosecuted by Jermaine Harris, who left the office after the trial wrapped to pursue a private practice. It is now being overseen by Johnny Giordano.
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