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Feb 5, 2014 7:55 AM by AP

Man gets 16 years in drug deal/robbery

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in a botched 2012 drug-deal-turned-armed-robbery that resulted in the death of a relative of his co-defendant.

Jermaine Clark's co-defendant, Marcus Heard, is scheduled to stand trial May 27 on charges of armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Advocate reports jury selection had begun Tuesday at Clark's armed robbery trial when he pleaded guilty.

A grand jury indicted Clark and Heard on armed robbery charges in May 2012 but declined to indict the men on second-degree murder charges in the Jan. 14, 2012, death of Robert L. Heard.

Prosecutors have said Robert Heard was killed when all three men tried to rob John Freeman.

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