The man charged for the 2018 murder of 19-year-old Savahn Stewart of Luling was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and obstruction of justice.
Leonard Celestine, 25 and of 1108 Paul Fredrick St. in Luling, has begun serving the non-suspended sentence as result of a plea bargain. He was initially charged with second degree murder, obstruction of justice and illegal carrying of a weapon.
Celestine was indicted in August by a grand jury on a second-degree murder count, stemming from the May 18, 2018 shooting that claimed the life of 19-year-old Savahn Stewart, also of Luling.
Celestine allegedly shot Stewart to death after a confrontation between the two escalated. The incident took place in the 1000 block of Paul Fredrick St, near Celestine’s home.
Stewart was taken to St. Charles Parish Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Celestine fled the scene and was reportedly riding as passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by a St. Charles Parish detective on Interstate 10 northbound later on the night of the shooting. Celestine’s brother, Jerry Celestine, was driving the car, according to police. Both men were arrested and taken into custody.