Man pleads guilty to reduced charge in shooting of home intruder in ’06 http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/27261409.html Published: Aug 22, 2008 - Page: 5B - UPDATED: 12:05 a.m. PORT ALLEN — A man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of an intruder in his Port Allen home pleaded guilty in 18th Judicial District Court to a reduced charge of negligent homicide. Thomas W. Cobb, 52, opted to be sentenced immediately following his plea on Monday. State District Judge Robin Free sentenced Cobb, 6722 U.S. 190, to four years in the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Cobb, who had been held in jail since 2006, was credited with time served and released from custody following his plea on Monday. Before entering into the plea agreement, Cobb had been facing, if convicted, a mandatory life sentence in prison for the July 29, 2006, shooting in which he fatally wounded Marvin Smith, also of Port Allen, authorities said. Maj. Richie Johnson, an investigator with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, said that on the day of the shooting, Cobb was in his car when he received several frantic calls from his wife about two men who were in his house and refused to leave. Johnson said Smith and another man confronted Cobb’s wife at Cobb’s home because Smith believed his girlfriend was hiding in the house. Cobb’s wife let the two men into Cobb’s home so the men could see for themselves that Smith’s girlfriend was not there, Johnson said. After searching the house and not finding his girlfriend, Smith and his acquaintance refused to leave the house and threatened to attack Cobb when he returned home, Johnson said. When Cobb returned to his home, he asked Smith and the other man three times to leave, Johnson said. When the men refused, Smith lunged at Cobb and Cobb shot him, Johnson said. Cobb originally was charged with second-degree murder, but that charge was reduced to manslaughter following interviews with the victim’s acquaintance who witnessed the shooting. On Monday, Cobb, who was in jail awaiting trial for the killing, offered to withdraw his previous plea of not guilty to manslaughter, and instead pleaded guilty to one count of negligent homicide. Johnson said Wednesday that Cobb’s plea bargain and subsequent sentencing were warranted due to the nature of the crime. However, Johnson also said the reduction in Cobb’s charges were also warranted based on evidence and witness statements. The 18th Judicial District has jurisdiction in West Baton Rouge, Iberville and Pointe Coupee parishes. ---- Thats bullshit he shouldn't of been charged with shit.