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Sunday, September 16, 2018



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Cut Off man found guilty of aggravated battery

Cut Off man found guilty of aggravated battery

Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell announced that a Cut Off man charged with stabbing another man in a March 2018 altercation was convicted by a Lafourche Parish jury of aggravated battery Tuesday afternoon.

Erin Serigny, 25, was on trial for the aggravated second-degree battery of a man with whom he had been staying for a few days. An altercation between the two ensued when the victim told Serigny to leave the residence. During the altercation, Serigny pulled out his knife and stabbed the victim. Witnesses to the incident testified that the victim was unarmed during the fight.

“We are certainly happy with this verdict,” said District Attorney Kristine Russell. “We’re fortunate that the victim survived, but this was still a very serious offense. We have to take a hard stance against violence in Lafourche because of incidents like this, and we will continue to do so.”

The defendant, who claimed self-defense, was convicted by the six-person jury of the responsive verdict of aggravated battery, a felony which carries a possible sentence of up to ten years in prison, the first of which must be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

The verdict “means that self-defense has its limits,” said Assistant District Attorney Allie Fournet, who prosecuted the case along with Shaun George. “You just can’t go around stabbing and shooting people because you say you felt threatened. It has to be reasonable and necessary.”

The victim was transported to Lady of the Sea hospital after the stabbing, where he was diagnosed with a punctured lung, which required surgery. Chest tubes were used to address the victim’s collapsed lung.

Sentencing is set for September 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. before the Hon. F. Hugh Larose, who presided over the trial. After his conviction, the defendant was ordered to be held without bond until his sentencing hearing.

Aggravated battery and aggravated second-degree battery are both batteries committed with a dangerous weapon. The difference between the two crimes is that the latter also requires that the offender intentionally inflicts serious bodily injury on the victim. Aggravated second-degree batter carries a maximum sentence of up to fifteen years in prison.