Update: Second Deputy Charged In The Death of Jeremy Mardis Pleads Guilty
On November 2, 2015, 6-year old Jeremy Mardis was in the car with his dad, Christopher Few, when Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse, Jr. opened fire, seriously wounding Christopher and killing Jeremy.
Stafford and Greenhouse, Jr. were charged with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree murder.
Stafford’s trial was in March 2017, in Marksville, Louisiana. We followed the trial here.
The officers, admitting that they did not see a weapon, alleged that Christopher backed up his vehicle and tried running them over. A ballistic expert at trial testified that all shots were fired to the side of the vehicle, and cars do not run sideways. Additionally, body cam footage showed that before the shooting, Christopher had both hands raised outside of his car window.
Derrick Stafford, 33, was found guilty of attempted manslaughter and manslaughter. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison with credit for time served since 11/3/2015. 20 years of his sentence has to be served without parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
A copy of the judge’s sentencing order is here.
On Friday, September 29, 2017 in an Avoyelles Parish courtroom, Norris Greenhouse, Jr. pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and malfeasance in office. His plea avoids trial.
The state Attorney General’s office prosecuted the case because Greenhouse’s father, Norris Greenhouse Sr., is an assistant district attorney in Avoyelles Parish.
According to the plea deal, Greenhouse, Jr. will be sentenced to 5 years on the negligent homicide charge and 2.5 years for malfeasance. The sentences are to run consecutively, meaning he will serve the sentences back-to-back for a total of 7.5 years.
Greenhouse will have to serve at least two years of the 5-year sentence without the benefit of parole or probation for the negligent homicide charge. He will also have to give up his POST certification, meaning he cannot be a police officer.
During sentencing, Christopher Few said, “It brings us relief that the defendant has admitted guilt and we don’t have to go through another trial again.”
Posted on 10/17/2017, in Cases, Christopher Few, Jeremy Mardis and tagged Christopher Few, Derrick Stafford, Jeremy Mardis, Jr., Louisiana, Norris Greenhouse, plea deal, sentencing. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.