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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Dardar pleads guilty to Galliano armed robbery

Dardar pleads guilty to Galliano armed robbery

One of several suspects involved in the armed robbery of two Galliano residents last May pled guilty as charged on the eve of his scheduled jury trial Monday.

Santos Dardar, 32, pled guilty to armed robbery and was sentenced to serve forty years in prison without the benefit of probation or parole.

“What these perpetrators did to this couple, arousing them from their sleep, threatening them with weapons, tying them up and ransacking their home, was frightening,” said District Attorney Camille A. Morvant, II. “This sentence will keep a dangerous individual where he belongs for a long time.”

On May 13, 2015, two masked perpetrators forced their entry into a residence on E. 150th Street in Galliano, one armed with a gun, the other with a baseball bat. The victims, a married couple, were tied up with wires taken from the home before the suspects ransacked the home, taking a large amount of cash, several firearms and the victim’s vehicle.

The vehicle was later found abandoned in Golden Meadow.

The next month, a suspect in an unrelated Terrebonne Parish crime tipped off investigators as to the perpetrators of the Galliano home invasion. One of those alleged to be involved admitted to being present at the scene along with others, including Santos Dardar.

At a pre-trial motion on Monday morning, prosecutor Rene Gautreaux played a recording of the defendant’s interrogation the night of his arrest. During questioning, the defendant detailed how he and a co-defendant entered the house through a window, woke up and bound the victims, and ransacked their home. At the end of recording, the defendant says several times that he’s sorry.