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Ex-officer awaiting murder trial jailed over Caribbean trip

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana law enforcement officer charged with murder in a 6-year-old boy’s shooting death will be jailed before trial for violating his bail conditions.

The Town Talk reports that a judge on Friday sentenced Norris Greenhouse Jr. to seven days in jail for failing to properly report his recent trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

However, state District Court Judge William Bennett didn’t revoke Greenhouse’s bond pending his October trial.

Bennett noted that the restrictions on Greenhouse were not to punish him, but to protect him.

“I have, due to the furor this case has caused, been concerned for your safety, and at times my safety,” Bennett said. He said reports of the unauthorized trip “have caused another furor.”

“This is not the fault of anyone else,” Bennett said. “It’s your responsibility.”

Greenhouse is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder for the shooting that killed Jeremy Mardis and critically wounded his father, Christopher Few, following a 2-mile (3-kilometer) car chase.

A second officer, Derrick Stafford, was convicted of manslaughter in March and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Greenhouse and Stafford were moonlighting as deputy city marshals in Marksville when the November 2015 shooting happened.

Greenhouse, who is free on $1 million bond, was ordered to report to the Avoyelles Parish Jail at 2 p.m. Monday to serve his seven-day sentence.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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