A 13-year-old Terrytown boy admitted Tuesday that he killed his 5-year-old half sister by using moves he learned from watching World Wrestling Entertainment television shows.
With his mother weeping softly in the chair to his left, Armstrong Desvallons pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the June 16 death of Viloude Louis, whose injuries included broken ribs, a lacerated liver and internal bleeding.
Armstrong, who was to stand trial on a charge of manslaughter Tuesday, faces a sentence ranging from probation to five years in a juvenile detention center.
In a hand-written admission he gave to the judge, in lieu of spoken testimony, Armstrong said he used the “John Cena Slam” and the “Mark Henry Slam,” named for the wrestlers he emulated when he slammed his body or elbow into the petite girl’s torso 15 to 20 times while in their apartment. Asked by Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Judge Andrea Price Janzen whether he, in fact, caused his sister’s death, the boy softly said, “Yes, ma’am.”
Armstrong was home with his younger sibling in their parents’ Carollwood Village apartment. Their father was at work, and their mother had gone to a store.
Sitting at the courtroom conference table with his attorney at his right, Armstrong sheepishly declined to tell the judge what he did to his half sister. Janzen let him write it out.
So the boy set a copy of a Louisiana law book in his lap and used it as a desk. With a pencil, he jotted down an admission that barely filled half the blank page. Janzen read it to herself but told the teenager to provide more detail.
Armstrong then filled out the remainder of the page, telling the judge he and his sister were home alone that day. “I was playing in a bad way with her,” he wrote. He said he wrestled with her, and she complained her stomach hurt. He gave her medicine.
“I didn’t mean to cause any damages,” he wrote in explaining the moves named for Cena and Henry, two of the wrestling show’s stars.
His confession to using the wrestling moves led to his being booked as a juvenile with second-degree murder. He acknowledged knowing that the televised wrestling shows are fake, the Sheriff’s Office said.
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