West Bank trio sentenced to life in prison for Marrero murder, attempted murders

Three West Bank men who were convicted earlier this month of a string of shootings that left a man dead and a 2-year-old boy injured were sentenced on Monday to life sentences in prison.

Kevin Hicks, 28, and Kevias Hicks, 26, who are brothers, and Tommie “Tucker” Molette, 24, were convicted June 2 of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder charges.

They killed Deshon Evans, 20, and wounded his 19-year-old friend on Oct. 8, 2013, when the gunmen went to Evans’ home in the 5900 block of Becker Street in Marrero.

The Hickses and Molette received mandatory life sentences for killing Evans and the maximum 50 years for the attempted murder of the 19-year-old man. Evans’ mother and the surviving victim provided impact testimony in which they said they forgave the Hickses and Molette.

Judge Stephen Enright of the 24th Judicial District Court, who presided over the cases, ran the sentences concurrently. The 50-year sentences will be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence, Judge Enright said.

The same jury that convicted the trio of those crimes also found Kevias Hicks guilty of two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Those crimes happened July 13, 2013, at an apartment complex in the 2800 block of Mount Kennedy Drive in Marrero.

A woman and her 2-year-old son were walking outside at the complex when gunmen opened fire. A bullet struck the toddler, who survived.

Judge Enright sentenced Kevias Hicks to 50 years in prison for each of the attempted murders. He ran those two sentences concurrent with each other, and then ran that punishment consecutive to the sentences he gave Kevias Hicks for the Becker Street murder.

Kevin Hicks also was charged with the attempted murders, but the jury acquitted him. In a separate trial, Kedrick “KK” Anderson, 24, of Waggaman, was convicted of two counts of attempted second-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

The Mount Kennedy shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the Hickses and the father of the 2-year-old boy.

Assistant District Attorneys Douglas Rushton and Lynn Schiffman prosecuted the case.

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