APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH
OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 15-4263, DIVISION
"N" HONORABLE STEPHEN D. ENRIGHT, JR., JUDGE
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE, STATE OF LOUISIANA, Paul D.
Connick, Jr., Terry M. Boudreaux, Gail D. Schlosser, Seth W.
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT, FARRELL W. WILLIAMS, JR.,
Lieu T. Vo Clark
composed of Judges Susan M. Chehardy, Fredericka Homberg
Wicker, and Jude G. Gravois
AND SENTENCE AFFIRMED
J., CONCURS WITH REASONS
M. CHEHARDY CHIEF JUDGE
Farrell W. Williams, Jr., appeals his sentence as a second
felony offender. For the reasons that follow, we affirm
defendant's conviction and sentence.
OF THE CASE
31, 2015, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill
of information charging defendant with possession of heroin,
a violation of La. R.S. 40:966(C). A twelve-person jury found
defendant guilty as charged on May 3, 2016. He was sentenced
to ten years imprisonment at hard labor on May 26, 2016,
after which he filed a motion to reconsider sentence and a
motion for appeal. On June 3, 2016, the district court denied
the former and granted the latter.
on July 21, 2016, the state filed a multiple offender bill of
information alleging defendant to be second felony offender.
At the hearing on the bill, the court adjudicated defendant a
second felony offender, vacated his original sentence, and
imposed an enhanced sentence of twenty years imprisonment at
hard labor without the benefit of probation or suspension of
sentence. Defendant filed a motion to reconsider his enhanced
sentence and a motion for appeal. On July 27, 2016, the
district court denied the motion to reconsider and granted
10:30 p.m. on the night of June 26, 2015, Detectives William
Whittington and John Wiebelt of the Jefferson Parish
Sheriff's Office ("JPSO") were conducting
undercover surveillance as part of a narcotics investigation
in and around the intersection of South Jamie Boulevard and
U.S. Highway 90 in Avondale, Louisiana. From their separate
unmarked vehicles, both detectives observed a Ford Ranger
pickup truck enter a McDonald's parking lot without
"too many cars" and park at a distance from the
restaurant's entrance. This aroused the detectives'
suspicions since a patron of the restaurant would typically