from the First Judicial District Court for the Parish of
Caddo, Louisiana Trial Court No. 335637 Honorable Ramona L.
LOUISIANA APPELLANT PROJECT By: Douglas Lee Harville Counsel
E. STEWART, SR. District Attorney Counsel for Appellee
JAN JOHNSON WILLIAM C. GASKINS Assistant District Attorneys
BROWN, STONE and BLEICH (Ad Hoc), JJ.
C. J., concurs in the results.
BLEICH, J. (Ad Hoc), concurs in the results.
convicted Jeremy Lewis of attempted monetary instrument abuse
in violation of La. R.S. 14:27 and 14:72.2 and attempted
possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids
in violation of La. R.S. 14:27 and 40:966(A)(1). He was
adjudicated a second-felony habitual offender and sentenced
to 7½ years at hard labor for each conviction. The
trial court ordered the sentences to run concurrently and
without benefit of probation or suspension of sentence.
Additionally, Lewis was ordered to pay a $2, 000 fine for
each conviction. For the following reasons, Lewis'
convictions are affirmed and his sentences are amended to
omit the fines. As amended, his sentences are affirmed.
September 30, 2015, police officers executed a warrant for
the arrest of Jeremy Lewis ("Lewis") regarding a
parole violation at 2010 Hawkins Street in Shreveport,
Louisiana. Lewis' grandmother directed the officers to a
bedroom where Lewis was sleeping. On the nightstand next to
the bed, the officers observed synthetic marijuana in a bowl.
The search of Lewis' bedroom yielded additional synthetic
marijuana in 38 individually sealed bags, $400 in counterfeit
money, $96 in real money, and a ledger containing the names
of 17 people who allegedly owed Lewis various amounts of
was charged with monetary instrument abuse and possession
with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids. On November
17, 2016, a jury found Lewis guilty of the responsive
verdicts of attempted monetary instrument abuse and attempted
possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids.
The trial court denied Lewis' motions for a new trial and
a post-verdict judgment of acquittal.
the state filed a habitual offender bill of information using
Lewis' 2005 conviction for armed robbery. On January 30,
2017, Lewis was adjudicated a second-felony habitual offender
and later sentenced to 7½ years at hard labor for each
conviction. The trial court ordered the sentences to run
concurrently and without benefit of probation or suspension
of sentence. Additionally, Lewis was ordered to pay a $2, 000
fine for each conviction.
February 22, 2017, Lewis' trial counsel filed a motion
for appeal which was later granted. Thereafter, on March 1,
2017, Lewis filed a pro se motion to reconsider sentence,
arguing that he was improperly adjudicated a second-felony
habitual offender. It does not appear from the record that
the trial court ruled on the pro se motion. On appeal, Lewis
argues his ...