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* Oakland-Devaughndre Broussard Pleaded Guilty Today to Voluntary Manslaughter For Shooting To Death Oakland Journalist Chauncey Bailey

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Former Your Black Muslim Bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard pleaded guilty today to two counts of voluntary manslaughter for shooting to death Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey and another man in the summer of 2007. Broussard, 21, admitted that he killed Bailey, 57, who was shot to death early the morning of Aug. 2, 2007, as he was walking from his home near Lake Merritt to his job as editor of the Oakland Post at 405 14th St.Broussard also admitted that he fatally shot 31-year-old Odell Roberson Jr. in Oakland on July 8, 2007. His guilty pleas in the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson today formalized a plea agreement that he signed with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office on April 15 that calls for him to receive a 25-year state prison sentence in exchange for his testimony against bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, 23, and Antoine Mackey, also 23.The agreement calls for Broussard to testify that Bey, 23, ordered the killings of Bailey and Roberson as well as the July 12, 2007, killing of a third man, 36-year-old Michael Wills.According to his attorney, LeRue Grim, Broussard also has agreed to testify that Mackey, another man associated with the bakery, drove the vehicle in the killing of Bailey and that Mackey killed Wills.Roberson and Wills were both killed near the bakery.An Alameda County Grand Jury last week indicted Bey and Mackey on three counts of murder for the deaths of Bailey, Roberson and Wills. Bey and Mackey also faces special circumstances murder allegations that could lead to the death penalty.According to Grim, Broussard has told prosecutors that Bey wanted him to kill Bailey because the journalist was planning to write an article about the bakery’s financial problems.Grim also has said Broussard will testify that Bey ordered Broussard to kill Roberson because he was the uncle of Alonza Phillips, who ultimately was convicted of killing Bey’s older brother, 23-year-old Antar Bey, in a botched robbery at the Union 76 gas station at 55th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2005.Jacobson said Broussard won’t be formally sentenced until after the trial of Bey and Mackey is completed. He ordered Broussard to return to court on Sept. 4 for what he described as “a progress report on setting a sentencing date.”Broussard’s mother attended today’s 37-minute hearing as did Bailey’s father, sister and several other relatives.

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