SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Caddo Parish jury found a Shreveport man guilty of manslaughter in the August 2014 slaying of Dejuan Kennedy.
Kevin Ray Bowers, 30 is accused of shooting 22-year-old Kennedy in the upper body with a semi-automatic rifle in the 4100 block of Jacob Street. Police say Bowers and Kennedy knew each other.
Bowers was originally charged with second-degree murder and faced a sentence of life in prison.
After a two hour deliberation Friday, a Caddo Parish jury says Bowers will be sentenced up to 40 years for manslaughter.
Bowers has previous convictions for second-degree battery in 2003, domestic abuse battery in 2008, attempted possession of a firearm by a felon in 2005 and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute in 2011.
His next court date will be May 25 for post-trial motions.