Vicknair was shot dead in the chest during an argument.
Roger Batiste agreed to serve five years in prison in a plea deal.
Batiste entered his plea yesterday, April 21, 2015 for the 2013 death.
He claims it was self defense.
The crime occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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A 77-year-old grandfather from LaPlace who shot a man during an argument on a Kenner street pleaded guilty Tuesday (April 21) to negligent homicide and agreed to serve five years in prison. Roger Batiste never denied he shot Shane Vicknair, 27, once in the chest during the altercation on May 3, 2013.
But he said he was defending himself, a claim prosecutors challenged in calling it second-degree murder. The question was to be decided by a Jefferson Parish jury, which was being selected Tuesday when attorneys in the case negotiated the plea agreement.
"It's a tragic situation in which everybody loses," Batiste's attorney Juan Labadie said after his client pleaded guilty. "I am thankful that we were able to resolve it."
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