Ingram Pleads Guilty in Webster District Court
A plea agreement in Webster District Court. Assistant District Attorney Sherb Sentell says 47-year-old Bobby Ray Ingram has pled guilty to manslaughter and aggravated second-degree battery in the death of his ex-wife, Kimberly, in 2006.
He's been tried twice before but, each time, was granted a re-trial. His plea today eliminates the need for a third trial in the case.
Ingram has been sentenced to 20 years at hard labor -- ten on each count -- but the sentence has been suspended on the aggravated second-degree battery count. Ingram will receive credit for time served and will be on five years of active supervised probation after he's released from prison.
Bossier/Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin says this agreement finally brings closure to the case. Sentell, who prosecuted the case, said "The victim's family had a change of heart and wanted us to resolve this case without the need for a third trial if possible." Sentell says Ingram publically apologized to the victim's family in open court. He said, "It was very emotional and sincere. I think it really meant a lot to the victim's family to finally hear him say that he was sorry and that he takes responsibility for his actions."