By: Lafourche District Attorney’s Office

Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell announced that a Thibodaux man pled guilty
to Manslaughter earlier today, August 16th, 2019, and was sentenced to 30 years with the
Department of Corrections as part of his negotiated plea accepted by the Honorable F. Hugh

Marlon Johnson, 20, shot the victim in the driveway of Johnson’s Thibodaux home in February
of 2018. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, and arrested Johnson the
following day.

“Sadly, there’s nothing that anyone could do in a courtroom that would ever bring Donovan King
back to his loved ones,” said Assistant District Attorney Shaun George, who prosecuted the case.
“After spending many hours with the victim’s family, we all decided that this was the best
resolution to bring closure to the family.”

During the sentencing, the mother of the victim addressed the court and told Johnson that she
forgives him and does not hate him.

Marlon Johnson, who was already in custody, will begin his sentence immediately. The
maximum sentence for manslaughter is 40 years.