The Latest: Mayor hails 60-year sentence for Bourbon shooter

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Posted: Apr 04, 2016 12:42 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a man convicted of manslaughter in a deadly 2014 gunfight on New Orleans' Bourbon Street (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

New Orleans' mayor says justice has been served with the 60-year sentence handed down for the man convicted in a deadly 2014 gunfight on the city's famous Bourbon Street.

Twenty-two-year-old Trung Le received the sentence Monday. He'd been convicted in January for his role in the shootings that left one bystander dead and nine people hurt on the popular street of nightspots in the city's historic French quarter.

The shooting in the popular tourist area brought renewed attention to the city's stubborn violent crime problem. Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a statement shortly after the sentencing. He said it sent a "resounding message" that brazen violence will be prosecuted "to the fullest extent of the law."

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9 a.m.

A man convicted for his role in a gunfight that killed one bystander and left nine people injured on New Orleans' famous Bourbon Street has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Trung Le was convicted of manslaughter Jan. 15 in the death of Brittany Thomas of Hammond. He was convicted of attempted manslaughter for firing at the other gunman — who has never been captured or identified. He was sentenced Monday.

The gunfight broke out early on June 29, 2014, as tourists walked the street of nightspots in the historic French Quarter.

Prosecutors said Le, from the New Orleans-area city of Belle Chasse, was the aggressor, firing at someone believed to have earlier stolen marijuana from Le's friends. The defense maintained that Le fired in self-defense.