Geismar man pleads guilty to 2018 killing

A Geismar man pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter in connection with a 2018 shooting.

Cedric Emerson, 39, pleaded guilty in connection with the 2018 shooting death of Frederick Patterson, 36, of Prairieville.

On March 11, 2018, Ascension Parish Deputies responded to a shooting at a Prairieville residence. Deputies found Patterson dead in the home with a gunshot wound in the neck.

Deputies found Emerson in a field a short distance away. Authorities say the homeowner walked out of the room with Patterson and Emerson when a loud bang occurred. The homeowner walked back into the room to find Patterson on the floor laying in a pool of blood and a gun on some furniture nearby.

Officials say Emerson confessed to the killing when he was interviewed at the Ascension Parish Jail.

Emerson faces up to 40 years in prison.

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