from the First Judicial District Court for the Parish of
Caddo, Louisiana Trial Court No. 334, 569 Honorable Ramona L.
LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT By: Carey J. Ellis, III, Counsel
E. STEWART, SR District Attorney, Counsel for Appellee.
REBECCA A. EDWARDS J. AARON CRAWFORD WILLIAM C. GASKINS
Assistant District Attorneys.
BROWN, DREW, and COX, JJ.
Mays, Jr., was charged with armed robbery, La. R.S. 14:64.
After a jury found him guilty as charged, he filed a motion
for post-verdict judgment of acquittal, which was denied.
defendant was adjudicated a second-felony habitual offender
and sentenced to the minimum legal sentence,
49½ years at hard labor without benefits, to
be served concurrently with any other sentence.
motion to reconsider sentence was filed. Mays appeals on his
perceived issues of sufficiency and excessiveness. We affirm
in all respects.
charged crime was the armed robbery of Clay Edward Fuller and
Kayla Goodman on April 25, 2015. At trial, the state called
five witnesses. 1. Clay Edward Fuller, one
of the victims, testified:
• in April of 2015, he was a clerk at a Shreveport
• on the date in question, he was working the cash
register while Goodman stocked the cigarette shelf;
• a tall, middle-aged African-American man approached
him, asking for cigarettes;
• the subject was wearing a brown shirt, a hat, and
faded blue jeans;
• when asked for identification, the man demanded
"everything out from under that counter, " which
Fuller initially interpreted as meaning he would buy
everything under the counter;
• he was disabused of that notion when the man put a gun
to Fuller's neck;
• he did not know the robber;
• when he opened the cash register drawer and stepped
back, the robber took all the cash and left the store;
• since this was his first robbery, he called his
manager, who told him to immediately call the police;
• he spoke to several officers and an investigator;
• he saw the officers dusting for fingerprints;
• he worked at that store for about 3½
months after the robbery, and the robber did not return
during that time frame;
• he was later contacted by Detective Richard Turnpin,
who showed him a photo lineup of six people, from which he
could not identify the robber;
• he never saw the gun because it was wrapped in a
• he knew it was a gun when it touched his neck; and
• the robber was not wearing a mask during the incident.
2. Kayla Goodman, Fuller's coworker,
• she had been working at the Circle-K for three months
prior to the robbery;
• she was cleaning and stocking the cigarette shelf
behind the checkout counter when the robber entered the store
at about 4:00 p.m.;
• the man walked around the store and approached the
• when she asked him if he needed help, he silently
• he queued up in the checkout line behind two
• he was a tall and heavyset African-American;
• she heard him tell Fuller to open the ...