Man sentenced to 60 years in shooting death of Louisiana fuel hauler

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | 4/2/2014

A man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the robbery and shooting death of a Louisiana fuel hauler.

Phillip Carter, 23, of Port Allen, La., was set to stand trial on second-degree murder and armed robbery charges on Monday, March 31. However, he reached a plea deal prior to the trial, instead pleading guilty to manslaughter and armed robbery, according to East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Chris Hester.

Bobby Nelson, 43, of Denham Springs, La., a fuel hauler for Dupre Logistics, was shot twice in the leg after he was robbed of his wallet at the Chevron station in downtown Baton Rouge, La., on Aug. 7, 2012. He died from his injuries two days later at an area hospital.

Hester told Land Line that Carter was sentenced to serve 40 years on the manslaughter charge and 60 years on the armed robbery charge in the death of Nelson “with the sentences to run concurrent with each other.”

“This agreement was reached after extensive consultation with the family of the victim, Bobby Nelson, and was agreed to by the family,” Hester said.

Another man, Robert Pierson, 19, also from Port Allen, La., was charged with second-degree murder and armed robbery in December 2012. Hester confirmed that a motion hearing is scheduled for April 10 in Pierson’s case, but that no trial date has been set. 

According to an earlier Land Line story that ran in 2012, Baton Rouge police found Nelson on the ground next to his truck just after 3 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2012, at the Chevron station. Nelson told officer at that time he had been approached by two suspects who robbed him, and then one of the suspects shot him.

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