A Shreveport man pleaded guilty in Caddo District Court Thursday, March 16, 2017, to a reduced charge of manslaughter in connection with a shooting death almost three years ago.

Antonio Dewayne Cummings, 46, was to stand trial Monday, March 20, for the death of Bobby Ann Turner, an innocent bystander who was felled by a bullet that pierced her chest after shots were fired during an altercation between Cummings and another man September 17, 2014. During the argument on Anna Street in the Allendale neighborhood, Cummings retrieved an assault-style semi-automatic rifle from his vehicle and opened fire.

Turner, 47, who also lived on Anna Street, was taken to University Health hospital, where she died.

Cummings fled the scene, but surrendered to police the next day.

With Turner’s mother and daughter in attendance, Caddo District Judge John Mosely Jr. sentenced Cummings to 40 years at hard labor, the maximum sentence allowed.

Cummings was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Britney Green. He was defended by Michelle Andrepont.