On August 10, 2022, 39-year-old Cedric Emerson of 6345 Hwy 73 Geismar, LA, pled guilty to Manslaughter. Emerson was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Cody Martin. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors in connection with the 2018 shooting death of 36-year-old Frederick Patterson of Prairieville.
On March 11, 2018, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a shooting at a Prairieville residence. Upon arrival, deputies located Frederick Patterson deceased inside the residence and had sustained a gunshot wound in the neck. At the same time, deputies responded to a field a short distance away in connection with a male subject screaming for help. Deputies identified the subject as Cedric Emerson. Emerson was detained by deputies and transported to a near by hospital to be evaluated. Detectives arrived on the scene of the shooting and while interviewing the homeowner, detectives learned that Frederick Patterson and Cedric Emerson were inside the residence together. The homeowner was in another room of the residence when a loud bang was heard. The homeowner walked back to where Emerson and Patterson were originally located and observed Patterson lying on the floor in a pool of blood and a firearm on a piece of furniture nearby. Emerson who was still on scene made statements indicating that he shot Patterson. Upon being released from medical care, Emerson was transported to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed. During the interview, Emerson confessed to the killing. Emerson was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.
Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charge, sentencing was deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.
On December 13, 2022, Emerson was sentenced to 40 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.