Oct 4, 2013 4:03 PM by KATC

Maurice man sentenced to life in prison

On Thursday, Judge Edward B. Broussard sentenced Quint Mire, 50, of Maurice, to Life in Prison at hard labor without parole, probation or suspension of sentence for the Second Degree Murder of Julian Gajan, Jr. and sentenced Mire to 10 years at hard labor for the conviction of Obstruction of Justice.

Mire killed 56-year-old Jullien Gajan Jr., a commercial fisherman who went missing. Investigators said Mire told them he and Gajan were hunting east of White Lake when he accidentally shot Gajan three times, panicked and left the scene. Mire told investigators he thought he was shooting at a deer.

"In the marsh near White Lake, the defendant killed Julian Gajan, Jr. on February 9, 2011, with 3 rounds of 12 gauge buckshot to the head, neck and upper chest . Before committing the murder, the defendant told Greg Raspberry on three occasions that they could kill Gajan and get away with it; he left Gajan dead in the marsh for three days without telling authorities," stated Assistant District Attorney F. Stanton Hardee, III.

The Obstruction of Justice charge stemmed from Mire disposing of the three buckshot shells he used to kill Gajan. The defendant admitted during the trial that he threw away the three shells in the canal.

Defense Attorney Burton Guidry represented the defendant and filed a motion for a post verdict judgment of acquittal and argued that Mire was under the influence of methamphetamine so he was only guilty of negligent homicide, but Guidry's motion was denied by Judge Broussard.


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