DA Scott Perrilloux reports that 26 YO Ryan Anthony, of Albany, and 29 YO Azia Crockett, of Ponchatoula, pleaded no contest to manslaughter.
On November 4, 2018, Ponchatoula Police were dispatched to the Ponchatoula Pub in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers found 46-year-old Robert Bowers lying on the floor unconscious after a fist fight involving two other people. Acadian Ambulance arrived at the scene and worked to resuscitate Bowers before transporting him to North Oaks Hospital. A short time later, he was transported to University Hospital in New Orleans for further care due to having little or no brain activity. Bowers remained on life support for three days before he was removed.
Sentencing was set for November 5. On November 5, the Bowers family provided victims impact statements to the court. The defendants also addressed the court and apologized to the Bowers family. Afterwards, both were sentenced to one year at hard labor with the Department of Corrections and were ordered to pay restitution for all funeral expenses.