NEW ORLEANS — The man who kidnapped Jasilas Wright from the French Quarter and ultimately led her to jump to her death on I-10 in Metairie will spend his life behind bars.
Adam Littleton was sentenced Thursday (Nov. 9) to a mandatory life sentence in prison, for his criminal culpability in causing the death of a Wright, who was fatally struck by vehicles on Interstate 10 in Metairie after she leapt from his moving car in trying to escape him.
Littleton, 26, a Mississippi native, was convicted as charged this summer of second-degree murder in the June 10, 2015, death of Wright, 19.
According to evidence presented at trial, Wright met Littleton through her job as a dancer at Bourbon Street night clubs. In May 2015, she traveled with Littleton to Texas, where she engaged in prostitution. Littleton benefited financially from her prostitution.
On the morning she died, Wright and Littleton argued in the French Quarter before he forced her into his car with him, according to a witness.
However, unwilling to travel to Texas again, Wright jumped from Littleton’s car in the westbound lanes of I-10 near the Veterans Memorial Boulevard overpass. She was fatally struck by vehicles.
According to additional evidence presented at trial, Littleton witnessed Wright being struck by vehicles and yet continued driving to Texas. He never notified police.
He did speak with Wright’s family on the telephone, telling them only that she jumped from his car. He hung up and never spoke with them again.
Knowing that warrants for his arrest were pending in Jefferson Parish and New Orleans, Littleton surrendered to authorities in Shreveport.
Littleton was prosecuted under the felony-murder doctrine. Prosecutors alleged that he was engaged in the crime of second-degree kidnapping when Wright died, and as such, he was legally responsible for her death.