Career criminal turns himself in for murder of 14-year-old boy

Career criminal turns himself in for murder of 14-year-old boy
Photo provided by the New Orleans Police Department.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 2:52pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 5:00pm

A man out on parole turned himself in today for the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy. Officials say the teen was sitting on the front porch of his home in New Orleans when he was gunned down.

“The fact that this suspect, who is labeled a ‘possible career criminal’ in the justice system, was on our streets last weekend, and had the opportunity to kill a child, is knowledge that is beyond comprehension to me, and begs the question: What are the consequences of committing violent crimes in New Orleans?” Superintendent Ronal Serpas, New Orleans Police Department, said.

Milton Bangham, 31, was booked into the Orleans Parish Prison on Wednesday, July 3 for the shooting that happened on Sunday, June 30 shortly before 6:00 p.m. He’s accused of shooting Edward Barton multiple times at the teen’s home located on the corner of Sixth and Danneel Street.

"Barton was a few weeks shy of his fifteenth birthday,” a release noted.

Police identified Bangham as a possible suspect less than 24-hours after the shooting. They say several people witnessed the crime. Bangham’s lawyer called detectives this morning to arrange the surrender.

“This man knew we were after him, and realized he had no choice but to turn himself in,” Superintendant Serpas said. “We want to thank the community- again- for standing with their police department, and helping us identify this gunman. We believe this man viciously killed a boy, and his arrest proves that this department and this community will stand as one to fight violent criminals.”

Officials say Bangham’s criminal history includes 10 felony arrests, 40 misdemeanor arrests, 1 city arrest, and 1 traffic arrest. Those arrests include Illegal Firearms During a Crime, Illegal Use of a Weapon, Simple Robbery, Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Ecstasy, Possession of Marijuana, Marijuana Distribution, Simple Battery, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Assault, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, Battery, Domestic Abuse Battery, Criminal Trespass, Assault, Disturbing the Peace, Misrepresentation of Name/Age/Address, Cursing a Fireman, Open Container, warrants, attachments and traffic violations.

Bangham was on parole until August 2013 for a drug conviction.

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