Man who spread feces on face in court sentenced to 20 years in woman's beating death

Chad Calder

The New Orleans Advocate


A woman and her former boyfriend pleaded guilty Monday to beating the woman’s mother to death in her Terrytown home and stealing her prescription medication in 2014.

Misty Eiermann, 36, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for manslaughter, while Bryan Schwartz, 28, was sentenced to 20 years as a principal to manslaughter.

They also pleaded guilty to narcotics, obstruction and firearms offenses, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.

Schwartz drew attention a year ago when he smeared what appeared to be feces on his face during a pretrial hearing and declared, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” as he was led out of the 24th Judicial District courtroom in Gretna.

Schwartz was later granted a sanity hearing but was found competent to stand trial.

On Monday, Judge Henry Sullivan accepted guilty pleas from Eeermann and Schwartz. Both had been charged with second-degree murder but worked out deals with the DA’s Office.