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Larose man sentenced to serve 75 years for sexual battery

Larose man sentenced to serve 75 years for sexual battery

A Larose man convicted in October for the sexual battery of a juvenile victim was given a lengthy prison sentence Thursday, November 21st.

Christopher Odis, 45, was sentenced by the Hon. Walter I. Lanier, III to serve 75 years in prison, with the first twenty-five to be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

“Our office put a lot of work into this case with the goal of getting a predator off the streets for a long time,” said District Attorney Camille A. “Cam” Morvant, II.  “We’re satisfied that the judge’s sentence does that.”

First Assistant Kristine Russell, who prosecuted the case, was hopeful that the sentence would send a message to juveniles who find themselves the victim of crime.

“Children need to know that the system works for them,” she said.  “I hope that when they hear of a case like this, they realize that the District Attorney’s Office will do everything we can to support them, and when we’re successful at getting a conviction, the court will hand down a punishment that reflects the harm they’ve experienced.”

In addition to convicting Odis of sexual battery, the jury also found that the crime was committed against a victim who was under the age of 13 at the time of the offense.  The victim, who testified against Odis, was 16 years old at the time of the trial.

Because of the age of the victim, the trial court was required to impose a sentence where at least twenty-five years were to be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Additionally, Odis will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.