A Shreveport man convicted in Caddo District Court earlier this year of negligent homicide was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a hearing Tuesday, September 14, 2021 determined him to be a habitual offender subject to enhanced sentencing.

Austin Wade Boyd, 29, was found guilty in District Judge Katherine Dorroh’s court April 23, 2021, of the October 12, 2018, death of Bernard Sollers. Sollers, 28, was stabbed once in the stomach and once in the chest with a knife. The homicide occurred at 4649 North Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport.

Boyd originally faced imprisonment of not more than five years, but after Tuesday’s habitual-offender determination, based on three felony convictions between 2009 and 2016, Judge Dorroh imposed the 20-year sentence.

Boyd was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kodie Smith and William Gaskins. He was defended by Christopher Hatch.