A St. Rose man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter, a charge connected to the January 12 murder of 54-year-old Pablo Villa of Avondale.
Duvell London Sr., 59, is currently serving the sentence, which went into effect immediately with no part of it suspended, at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center. He received credit for time served.
Police said London shot Villa twice, once in the head and once in the shoulder, according to court records, and admitted to doing so in two separate interviews with officers.
Records indicated a verbal altercation between London and Villa began to escalate when Villa arrived on the scene of the incident, at 184 2nd St. in St. Rose. London and others were inside watching a football game when Villa knocked on the door and asked London for $29 Villa said was owed to him for an auto repair job. London, according to witnesses, told Villa he did not have the money, and an argument ensued.
London told police that it became physical after Villa allegedly punched London, knocking him down, then hit him again as the latter was on the ground. The fight was broken up by bystanders.
A short time later, London retrieved a handgun and fired two rounds of a semi-automatic pistol at Villa, according to police. London called police to turn himself in, noting he was involved in an incident and thought the other man to be dead.