On April 26, 2015, Shawn Broom of 504 Catherine St. Donaldsonville, LA., age 28, pled guilty to Manslaughter. Broom who was originally indicted on the 2nd Degree Murder of Michael Stewart, age 21, of Donaldsonville was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Shawn Bush. The presiding judge was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert.
On March 10, 2015, Shawn Broom and the victim, Michael Stewart, were sitting on the porch of a residence on St. Vincent St. in Donaldsonville when Stewart was fatally shot. Stewart is alleged to have taunted Broom for several hours prior that day and led Broom to believe that he was in possession of a firearm. A brief struggle then ensued between the two. It was at this time that Broom fired one shot into the chest of Stewart. Stewart was transported to Prevost Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries
On July 25, 2016, Shawn Broom appreared in court for sentencing following a Pre-Sentence Investigation ordered by Judge Kliebert. Judge Kliebert ordered that Broom be sentenced to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 20 years. It was ordered that 8 years of the imposed sentenced be suspended, and that Broom serve 12 years of the imposed sentenced without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Upon release, Broom will be placed on supervised probation for a period of 5 years.