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Sulphur man sentenced to life for 2018 shooting death

Posted: 3:38 PM, Mar 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-05 16:38:45-05

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) – A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for a shooting death in Louisiana last year.

The American Press of Lake Charles reported 23-year-old Derrick Ryan Small was sentenced late last week in the death of 20-year-old Jalen Ortelli Handy.

Small was convicted of first-degree murder last month following a trial that lasted five days.

Handy was shot Jan. 10, 2018, in Westlake. Prosecutors said the shooting occurred during a drug deal.

During the trial, the American Press reported that Handy was slain during a drug deal gone bad. Prosecutors said Small, who used the street name “D Smalls,” used Snapchat, a cell phone app, to sell marijuana to people.

To read the American Press story about the sentencing, which includes the scene in the courtroom, click here .

To read the newspaper’s stories about the trial, with all the details, click here , here and here . Here’s the story about the verdict.