Fri, Jul 19, 2013
One of two suspects in the 2010 beating death of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student was sentenced Thursday to prison terms for drug possession charges unrelated to the murder, according to The Advocate.
Ian Trahan, 23, was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of supervision once he is released for possession of Xanax.
He also was ordered to service a concurrent six-month prison sentence for possession of marijuana.
Judge Marilyn Castle suspended two years of the prison sentence, Assistant District Attorney Pat Magee said.
Trahan pleaded guilty to the charges in May, according to court documents.
“The state of Louisiana is pleased with Judge Castle’s sentencing,” Magee said. “And, we are prepared to move forward with the remaining charges against Mr. Trahan.”
Trahan, of Youngsville, and Wayland Guillory, of Lafayette, each face a first-degree murder charge in the November 2010 killing of UL-Lafayette student Kenneth Donnelly Jr.
Donnelly, 20, was beaten to death with a metal object in a rental home at 305 McKinley St., which he shared with roommate Rufus Fells.
Trahan and Guillory, 25, also face attempted first-degree murder charges in the beating of Fells, who survived the early morning attack on Oct. 28, 2010 but suffered facial fractures and permanent hearing loss.
Both Fells and Donnelly grew up in Alexandria, where Fells returned after the attack.
Trahan and Guillory were arrested Jan. 20, 2011 and charged by a grand jury on March 3. Later that March, Judge Jules D. Edwards refused to reduce Trahan’s $450,000 bail after hearing of previous arrests.
At the bond hearing, Magee also raised concerns that Trahan could seek out Fells, who is scheduled to testify at the as-yet unscheduled trial.
A pretrial hearing Trahan and Guillory is set for Aug. 22, according to court records.