Gailes sentenced in Mardi Gras killing

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Akeem Gailes

PLAQUEMINE - Akeem Gailes was sentenced by Judge William Dupont to 40 years of hard labor on June 27, District Attorney Richard J. Ward, Jr. reports.

Gailes was recently convicted by a 12-person jury on June 7 of killing Dwayne Smith during a Mardi Gras parade in Plaquemine.

Gailes also was sentenced to an additional 20 years of hard labor for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Dupont ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.

The District Attorney's Office requested Gailes be sentenced to the maximum term possible, while would be 60 years if both sentences are ordered to be served consecutively.

However, Dupont ordered the sentences to be served concurrently, which amounts to 40 years.

The victim's family was present at the sentencing hearing and gave a victim impact statement.

"I will continue to prosecute those who commit violent crimes and will always recommend the maximum sentence under the law for those who are tried and convicted," Ward said.

Ward said convictions like this would not be possible without good law enforcement and extended thanks to Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi and his personnel and Plaquemine Chief of Police Orian Gulotta.