BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A Bossier City man is facing up to 40 years in prison after he was convicted of killing the son of his long-time girlfriend.
A Bossier Parish jury found 45-year-old Jeffery Sanchez Smith guilty of killing Jeremy Davis.
The shooting happened during the night of July 24, 2016, in the Meadowview area in Bossier City.
Smith told police that Davis, who he considered to be his stepson due to the length of the relationship with the victim's mother, attacked his mother and that Smith had intervened to protect the woman.
According to the district attorney's office, the victim's brother who was home during the incident gave a different account and testified that after a verbal argument related to a case of bottled water, Smith chased the victim inside the home then shot the victim while he tried to run to safety.
Other witnesses verified that just moments after Smith shot and killed Davis, and after he fled the home, Smith fired a shot at the victim's brother and threatened to kill him as well.
The gun was never recovered and is believed to have been hidden or discarded by Smith after the shooting, according to the DA's office.
Smith was originally charged with second-degree murder, but a jury returned a unanimous verdict on the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Smith now faces up to 40 years in prison and has other felony charges related to the same incident including obstruction of justice for allegedly discarding the murder weapon.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 24 pending a pre-sentence investigation.