Estranged husband sentenced to 35 years in prison for strangling wife in 2016

Louisiana News

FRANKLIN, La. (KLFY)- On. Dec. 18, 2016, Reynell Lockett was discovered strangled to death in her vehicle in the Baldwin area on U.S. 90.

Russell Richard Jr. (St. Mary Parish Correctional Center)

On Monday, the 45-year-old victim’s estranged husband, Russell Richard Jr., was sentenced in 16th Judicial District Court to 35 years in prison for manslaughter.

He was originally charged with second-degree murder but pleaded to a lesser sentence.

Richard, 53, evaded law enforcement for two years until he was was located and arrested in Oklahoma City in 2018 and extradited back to St. Mary Parish.

News 10’s Danielle Johnson will have more on this case tonight.

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