Sentence vacated in ‘14 slaying
Appeals court says Bourg must be re-sentenced for killing friend
OBERLIN — An Oberlin man convicted of killing his best friend must return to court to be re-sentenced after an appeals court found he was improperly sentenced.
David Bourg, 52, was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of Michael Pitre, 48. Pitre was fatally shot in the head inside a vehicle parked in front of his mother’s house in Oberlin on June 1, 2014.
Pitre was found slumped over in the passenger seat of the vehicle by his brother with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. He was taken to an Alexandria hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Police and family say the two were best friends.
Bourg was initially arrested on a second-degree murder charge, but later found guilty on manslaughter by an 11-1 jury vote.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the 33rd Judicial District Court.
Bourg appealed the trial court’s judgement sentencing him under the firearm enhancement statute.
In a recent opinion issued by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, a panel of judges affirmed Bourg’s manslaughter conviction, but vacated his sentence and remanded the case back to the district court for re-sentencing saying the 33rd Judicial District Court improperly used the firearm enhance provision to sentence him. The ruling ordered Bourg to receive a new sentence with instructions to not apply the firearm enhancement provision.