Lutcher man given 30 years for manslaughter, more could be coming

Published 12:06 am Saturday, May 4, 2019

CONVENT — A Lutcher man sentenced Monday to three decades in jail could face additional time behind bars, as the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced plans to file a habitual offender bill.

According to Public Information Officer Tyler Cavalier, the move by prosecutors could potentially increase the defendant’s sentence.

Judge Tess Stromberg sentenced 37-year-old Burnell Gordon to 30 years for manslaughter and 20 years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Gordon was given credit for time served, and his sentences were ordered served concurrent with one another.

Assistant D.A.s Adam Koenig and Steven Tureau Gordon are prosecuting the case.

A St. James Parish jury found Gordon guilty Jan. 31, leading to a pre-sentence investigation and this week’s sentencing.

Gordon was found guilty following the death of Darrell Johnson, who was shot and killed June 15, 2016.

The 19-year-old St. James Parish man was struck down while standing near the door of his aunt’s home in Lutcher.

In the frantic minutes after his shooting, authorities said Johnson made declarations to three individuals, including medical staff, that Gordon shot him. Johnson succumbed to his injuries a short while after arriving at the hospital, but his declarations and evidence collected by detectives led to an arrest and conviction.

Police were first notified of the shooting when Johnson’s aunt called 911 saying her nephew had just been shot in her Courseault Street home.

Arriving deputies learned Johnson had already been taken to an area hospital for a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Detectives conducted multiple interviews and learned Johnson, who had been at his aunt’s residence throughout the previous day, was shot “near the door of the residence in an ambush style attack,” Cavalier said.

Gordon subsequently turned himself in to detectives and was initially booked with second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Gordon has two prior felony convictions for narcotics related charges.