SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Another person has admitted her role in the killing of an 82-year-old Logansport native in her home in Shreveport's Anderson Island neighborhood.
Kiana Deranka Williams, 26, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to 35 years in prison, the Caddo district attorney’s office reports.
“The victim’s family was present and expressed great relief about being able to resolve the case without having to relive the tragedy at trial,” said Assistant District Attorney Britney A. Green, chief of the office’s domestic violence section.
Williams' trial had been scheduled to start Nov. 12.
In the same case, 26-year-old Roy Jemane Narcisse was sentenced to life in prison Oct. 23 after pleading guilty to a charge of second-degree murder.
He agreed to enter the plea in exchange for prosecutors offering Williams the reduced charge, his defense attorney said.
She accepted the deal when she appeared in court Wednesday.
Narcisse admitted to fatally stabbing and beating Kathleen “Kay” Creech Cates on Sept. 26, 2017.
He and Williams rode bicycles to her home and, as they had previously, offered to do yardwork.
At some point, they came up with a plan to rob Cates of her 2005 Honda Accord.
While being questioned by police, both denied that Williams ever entered the home or took part in the attack on Cates.
The district attorney’s office said evidence in the case supports their statements.
After Cates was killed, Narcisse and Williams fled in her car to San Angelo, Texas, where they later were taken into custody.
Williams must serve at least 85 percent of her sentence before she can be considered for parole, the district attorney’s office reports.
As part of the plea, she also gave up her right to appeal.