Wallace sentenced to 25 years hard labor


By Carolyn Roy

The man who pleaded guilty to killing Dylan Poche was sentenced to 25 years at hard labor in the Dept. of Corrections with credit for time served, 5 years suspended with active supervised probation. The sentence was set Wednesday morning by District Judge Harry Randow in front of a packed courtroom.

Dylan Poche

Poche, 18, of the Village of Natchez, died around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, when Wallace stabbed Poche once in the chest. Poche was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center but was dead on arrival. Poche, a student at Northwestern State and a member of the bass fishing team, was at the Sibley Lake Marina with a group of friends who were there at a bonfire.

According to witnesses, Wallace approached Poche and fatally stabbed him. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Dept. investigators said they believe the incident was fueled by social media comments made by friends of both parties. Wallace was arrested and charged with one count second-degree murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August.

Randow cited the following factors in the sentencing:

•Crime of violence resulting in death

•Use of a dangerous weapon

•Victim active in the fight. Randow said Wallace had a seventh grade education and a “severe substance abuse disorder.”

He mandated Wallace undergo substance abuse education and adult education as part of the sentence. Asst. D.A. Chris Guillet prosecuted the case. Robert Noel was defense attorney.