Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in connection with 2021 deadly shooting

Published 4:16 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2023

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ST. JAMES — On August 21, 2023, 53-year-old Sheila Williams of St. James, pled guilty to Manslaughter in connection with the December 2021 shooting death of 61-year-old James Ross of St. James. Williams was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Bruce Mohon, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors after Williams was arrested and indicted by a St. James Parish Grand Jury.

On December 8, 2021, St. James Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a St. James residence in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located James Ross deceased in the residence from an apparent gunshot wound to the face. Detectives quickly identified Sheila Williams as the shooter. Williams was subsequently arrested and booked into the St. James Parish Jail.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charge, pursuant to the plea agreement with prosecutors, Williams was sentenced to 30 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.


Submitted by Public Information Officer Tyler Cavalier for 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky L. Babin.