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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Larose man convicted of First Degree Robbery

Larose man convicted of First Degree Robbery

THIBODAUX – A Larose man charged in a December 2016 home invasion was convicted of First Degree Robbery after a two-day trial Wednesday afternoon.

Leonard Evans, 25, was charged along with a female accomplice of robbing a victim in her home in the South Lafourche Community on December 16, 2016. The two perpetrators stole a large sum of cash from the victim during the crime. Evans, along with Jasmaine Caine, was charged shortly after the offense when the victim identified both perpetrators from photo lineups.

Evans was accused of using a handgun during the robbery, which he discharged once, although no one was injured.

“We are satisfied that justice was done in this matter,” said District Attorney Kristine Russell. “This has been a very trying ordeal for the victim, and we commend her for her bravery in testifying against the defendant.”

Caine, who already pled guilty to attempted armed robbery, testified against her codefendant. Caine is set for sentencing on May 18.

“This conviction is the first step to hopefully taking a dangerous offender off the streets for a while,” said Assistant District Attorney Shaun George, who prosecuted the case along with Jason Chatagnier. Evans’ prior record makes him a candidate for enhanced sentences under Louisiana’s habitual offender law, said George, and a decision on that will be made before Evans’ formal sentencing. That is set for June 22 before the Hon. F. Hugh Larose, who presided over the case.

First Degree Robbery carries a possible sentence of between three and forty years in prison, without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Evans was originally charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and was facing up to 99 years in prison.