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State v. Randle

Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Second Circuit

June 24, 2015

STATE OF LOUISIANA, Appellee
v.
TEDDY RAY RANDLE, Appellant

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Appealed from the Fourth Judicial District Court for the Parish of Morehouse, Louisiana. Trial Court No. 13-538F. Honorable Daniel J. Ellender, Judge.

EDWARD K. BAUMAN, Louisiana Appellate Project, Counsel for Appellant.

JERRY L. JONES, District Attorney; DEVIN T. JONES, JOHN GATES SPIRES, STEPHEN T. SYLVESTER, Assistant District Attorneys, Counsel for Appellee.

Before BROWN, WILLIAMS and CARAWAY, JJ.

OPINION

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[49,952 La.App. 2 Cir. 1] CARAWAY, J.

Teddy Ray Randle was convicted of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was subsequently sentenced to concurrent sentences of 12 years at hard labor without benefits for the armed robbery conviction and 6 years at hard labor without benefits for the conspiracy to commit armed robbery conviction. Randle appeals his convictions and armed robbery sentence. We affirm.

Facts

On July 1, 2013, Teddy Ray Randle was charged by bill of information with one count of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery after the victim, Roderick McDonald, identified Randle as one of two men who barged through the door of his house on June 11, 2013, and took money from him at gunpoint. McDonald claimed tat Randle's accomplice, Tysman Moore, had earlier knocked on his door requesting marijuana. When McDonald denied the request, Moore left but returned with Randle, who was armed with a black pistol. After the two men forced entry into McDonald's home, Randle hit him with the pistol and choked him while demanding money. McDonald gave Randle $100 as Moore ransacked a bedroom before taking money from a piggy bank. The two men fled the scene from a side door of the home. A neighbor, Lillie Washington, was an eyewitness to the men entering and exiting the home. She called 911 and identified the men as Randle and Moore.

Moore was apprehended by police as he ran from the home. Moore had a large amount of change and a Eurodollar that McDonald identified as [49,952 La.App. 2 Cir. 2] coming from the piggy bank. Randle surrendered to police custody the following day.

Randle was charged and convicted of the charged offenses by a unanimous jury. He filed motions for a new trial and post-verdict judgment of acquittal, arguing that the state failed to sufficiently establish that he committed the crimes charged, because the victim offered testimony that conflicted with the statements made to the police at the time of the incident. The trial court denied the motions.

On September 29, 2014, the trial court sentenced Randle to concurrent sentences of 12 years at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on the armed robbery, and 6 years at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence for the conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Randle filed a motion to reconsider the denial of the earlier motions as well as the imposed sentences. Upon the trial court's denial of the motion, this appeal followed.

Discussion

In his first assignment of error, Randle argues that the state failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed either offense of conviction. Specifically, Randle contends that the ...


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