Labadieville Man Sentenced on Manslaughter Charge

          On June 5, 2017, William Thompson of 187 Violet St. Labadieville, LA., age 63, pled guilty to the charge of Manslaughter following the 2015 stabbing death of Daquan Rainey, age 20, of Laplace. Thompson was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc.  

          On February 17, 2015, deputies with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to 187 Violet St. in reference to a male subject located unresponsive in the driveway of the residence. Upon arrival, deputies observed the subject on the ground and were able to identify the victim as Daquan Rainey. Paramedics with Acadian Ambulance evaluated Rainey’s condition, and Rainey was shortly after pronounced deceased on scene by the Assumption Parish Coroner’s Office. Rainey sustained a single stab wound to the upper torso. Investigators determined that Rainey was stabbed by his step- grandfather, William Thompson, following an argument over a pack of cigarettes. The knife used in the stabbing was located in the bed of a pick-up truck parked in the yard of Thompson’s residence. Thompson was subsequently arrested and booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center.  

          Per Judge LeBlanc, sentencing was deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.  

          On October 4, 2017, Thompson appeared before Judge LeBlanc for sentencing. Judge LeBlanc ordered that Thompson be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 20 years at hard labor with credit for time served.