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Wed, Jan 23, 2013

Who Got Busted?

Clayton MathewsA Duson man pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter for killing his domestic partner in March 2012, according to the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Clayton Matthews Jr., 30, was accused of beating and strangling his domestic partner Randy Bordelon Jr. when returning home after an argument at a truck-stop casino in Duson.

Mathews was originally charged with second degree murder by the Duson Police department.

According to the Lafayette Parish Clerk of Courts office, Mathew’s second degree murder charge was never taken before a Lafayette Parish Grand Jury by prosecutors seeking an indictment. Court records do show that a bill of information was filed against Mathew’s by the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on one count of manslaughter.

Assistant District Attorney Pat Mage told The Advocate that Matthew faces up to 20 years in prison under a sentencing cap approved as part of the plea agreement – (the maximum sentence under Louisiana law for manslaughter is generally 40 years).  If Mage would have sought to prosecute Mathews on second degree murder, which is what he was originally charged with by Duson Police, he faced up to life in prison.

District Attorney Harson told KATC TV-3, “Our office remains committed to serving the public by prosecuting domestic violence cases to ensure individuals who commit these crimes are removed from our streets and punished accordingly.”

No sentencing date has been set yet, however, we anticipate Mathews could be a free man in less than 10 years with good behavior.

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