Larry J. Haynes Jr., 40, was in an argument outside a home in the 2800 block of South Roman Street early on the morning of Dec. 1, 2012, when he pulled out a gun and began shooting, police said at the time. Tiara Reynolds, 26, was killed and three other adults were wounded, including Haynes’ 32-year-old girlfriend, police said.
Haynes was charged with a single count of the first-degree murder and three counts of the attempted first-degree murder of the other victims. Earlier this month, Haynes agreed to plead guilty to a manslaughter charge and the three counts of attempted first-degree murder, and last Monday he was sentenced to 40 years without probation or parole, according to court records online.
Four people gave victim-impact statements during the sentencing, and Haynes’ attorney tried to withdraw the plea, but the judge denied the motion. The Orleans Parish public defenders’ office declined to discuss the case Monday.
Prior to his arrest, Haynes had worked for Jani-King and was assigned to the Fortier campus of Lusher Charter School, prompting school officials to change the locks and review their screening procedures for contractors’ employees. Haynes’ arrest record for violent crime included a first-degree murder charge in 1993, an alleged attack on a police officer and other incidents, but only a single gun- and drug-possession case appeared on his background check, officials said at the time.