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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A jury took an hour and ten minutes Wednesday to convict David "Dice" Fontenot — a man prosecutors call a cold blooded, heartless killer — and a man who will now spend the rest of his life in prison.

On April 13, it will be three years since Stephin Bergeron died in the drive-by shooting along La. 27 in Carlyss. The shots narrowly missed Bergeron's buddy, Chance Bourgeois.

A jury found Fontenot guilty of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

In a rare move, Fontenot took the stand in his own defense claiming he was nowhere around when the fatal shooting occured. Prosecutor Rick Bryant said Fontenot's story defies logic and common sense.

"He said he was not at the crime scene," Bryant said. "Everybody else said he was so that was a pretty big conflict. The jury was intelligent enough to see through that and came back with a right verdict."

Bergeron's mother Christina said she is pleased with the verdict but that it does little to ease the agony of losing her son.

"It's justice that he's going to prison for the rest of his life but it doesn't bring my son back," Bergeron said. "So there's no justice in the fact that my son's never coming back."

Bergeron said her son was a good person, trying to keep other young people from getting mixed up with drugs. She said it cost him his life. Her advice to others, "don't always step in and try to be the hero. Let law enforcement do it instead."

She's pleased he faces life in prison, still:

"It's doesn't really change much other than it's going to save a lot of people's lives because he's a dangerous individual," Bergeron said.

Bryant admits he has little insight into what motivated Fontenot to commit such a crime.

"I think he's a very evil person," Bryant said. "Stephin's mother, losing her son to a cold-blooded killer who shot an unarmed, 20-year-old boy on the side of the road for no reason, when he could've simply driven off and I thought that was really a terrible crime because it didn't have to happen that way."

Formal sentencing is set for April 23.  

Fontenot's defense attorney Robert Shelton did advise his client it was not a good idea to take the stand, but he told the court Fontenot insisted on telling jurors his story.

Shelton had no comment after the verdict.

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