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State v. Chatman

Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Second Circuit

June 24, 2015

STATE OF LOUISIANA, Appellee
v.
HENRY ALLEN CHATMAN, JR., Appellant

Page 1137

Appealed from the Fourth Judicial District Court for the Parish of Ouachita, Louisiana. Trial Court No. 13F0843. Honorable Bernard Scott Leehy, Judge.

LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT, By: Douglas Lee, Counsel for Harville Appellant.

JERRY L. JONES, District Attorney, MICHAEL J. FONTENOT, GEORGE MENNON CAMPBELL, JR., Assistant District Attorneys, Counsel for Appellee.

Before CARAWAY, DREW and LOLLEY, JJ.

OPINION

Page 1138

[49,970 La.App. 2 Cir. 1] DREW, J.

A unanimous jury convicted Henry Allen Chatman, Jr., for the crimes of aggravated burglary and second degree kidnapping.

He received concurrent sentences of 30 years at hard labor for aggravated burglary and 40 years at hard labor, without benefits, for second degree kidnapping. A motion to reconsider sentence was denied.

The defendant appeals his conviction for aggravated burglary on the basis of insufficient evidence. He challenges both sentences as excessive.

We affirm in all respects.

FACTS

On March 21, 2013, Michelle Boyd lived with her boyfriend, James Butler, in the Parkview Apartments in Monroe. Also residing there were her two children, ages two and three, as well as Butler's young son.

The defendant had previously dated Butler's sister, but she broke up with him. He often came over to speak with Butler, to solicit his help with ...


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