Jury unanimously convicts New Iberia man of second degree murder
NEW IBERIA – A New Iberia jury has unanimously found a man in Iberia Parish guilty of second degree murder and possession of a firearm in the murder of Ian Jones in February 2018.
Joshua Raved, 29, shot Jones around 4 a.m. on February 20, 2018 in the 1000 block of Ambassador West Lemelle Drive.
The incident began early in the morning, police said. Jones was sleeping in his apartment when the accused woke him up by hitting him with a pistol. The accused shot Jones four times as he tried to escape.
Jones, who was in critical condition after the shooting, died of his injuries in a New Orleans hospital a month later.
After Raved’s arrest, police said the accused’s confession was filmed at Iberia Parish Prison when the accused told one of the prison staff that he wanted Jones to be dead and that he was going to shoot him again.
Raved has previously been convicted of domestic violence.
Additionally, Louisiana law prohibits a person who has previously been convicted of domestic violence from owning a firearm.
As the accused had previously been convicted of domestic violence – third offense, the accused was also charged with that offense, the court said.
After a trial lasting several days, Raved was found guilty of both counts, announced Bo DuhÃ©, 16th district attorney.
Second degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence, they say.
For his conviction for possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of domestic violence, the defendant faces a sentence of at least one year and five years with or without forced labor.
“I am very proud of the Ian Jones family for their determination to ensure that justice is done.” said DuhÃ©. âIn addition, I appreciate the jury for their commitment to listen to the evidence, deliberate on the facts and reach a fair verdict. “
The sentence would be pronounced before the Honorable Lewis H. Pitman, Jr. on November 22, 2021.
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