APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH
OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 14-5908, DIVISION
"N" HONORABLE STEPHEN D. ENRIGHT, JR., JUDGE
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE, STATE OF LOUISIANA Paul D.
Connick, Jr., Terry M. Boudreaux
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT, MATTHEW C. CARROLL Gwendolyn
composed of Marc E. Johnson, Robert M. Murphy, and Stephen J.
AND SENTENCES AFFIRMED; MOTION TO WITHDRAW GRANTED
M. MURPHY, JUDGE
Matthew Carroll, appeals his convictions and sentences for
battery of a police officer and battery of a correctional
facility employee. For the reasons that follow, we affirm
both convictions and sentences, and we grant appellate
counsel's motion to withdraw as attorney of record.
OF THE CASE
November 6, 2014, the Jefferson Parish District
Attorney's office filed a bill of information charging
defendant with two counts of battery upon a correctional
facility employee, in violation of La. R.S. 14:34.5.
Defendant pled not guilty to both charges at his arraignment
on December 18, 2014. On February 2, 2015, defendant withdrew
his not guilty pleas and pled guilty to an amended charge of
battery of a police officer for count one, a violation of La.
R.S. 14:34.2, and also pled guilty to battery of a
correctional facility employee for count two. As part of his
plea agreement, defendant was sentenced by the trial court to
six months at hard labor for count one,  with credit for
time served and six months without benefit of probation or
suspension of sentence. Defendant was sentenced to one year
at hard labor for count two, without benefit of parole,
probation or suspension of sentence. The sentence for count
one was ordered to run consecutively to count two. Defendant
thereafter filed an application for post-conviction relief,
which the trial court converted to an out-of-time appeal on
September 8, 2016. This timely appeal follows.
the instant convictions were a result of guilty pleas, the
underlying facts of the matter were not fully developed at
trial. However, a probable cause affidavit in the record
indicates that, while being transferred from an "inmate
housing area, ...