FRANKLINTON-- District Attorney Walter Reed
reports that Eric Townsend, 26 of Franklinton, pled guilty to manslaughter on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 after 4 days of trial. Townsend was initially charged with first degree murder no death penalty and chose to withdraw his previous plea and plead guilty to manslaughter. 22nd Judicial District Judge William Knight accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Hopkins to 30 years in prison. Assistant District Attorneys Ken Dohre and Lewis Murray were in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Townsend and an alleged accomplice, Jeremy Wilson, 26 of Franklinton, were arrested in June 2009 by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office after two people were murdered in March 2008. Townsend and the accomplice went to the victims’ home in rural Washington Parish. The victims were at home at the time and were murdered. The home was burned to the ground with the victims’ bodies inside.
Wilson is awaiting trial on first degree murder charges.
Manslaughter is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not more than 40 years.