APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH
OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 14-4708, DIVISION
"H" HONORABLE GLENN B. ANSARDI, JUDGE PRESIDING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE, STATE OF LOUISIANA Paul D.
Connick, Jr. Terry M. Boudreaux
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT, KYREN THORNTON Gwendolyn K.
composed of Judges Susan M. Chehardy, Fredericka Homberg
Wicker, and Jude G. Gravois
G. GRAVOIS JUDGE.
Kyren Thornton, appeals his conviction and sentence resulting
from a guilty plea to armed robbery. His appointed appellate
attorney has filed a brief in conformity with the procedure
outlined in State v. Bradford, 95-929 (La.App. 5
Cir. 6/25/96), 676 So.2d 1108, 1110-11, asserting that she
has thoroughly reviewed the trial court record and cannot
find any non-frivolous issues to raise on appeal.
Accordingly, pursuant to Anders v. California, 386
U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967) and State
v. Jyles, 96-2669 (La. 12/12/97), 704 So.2d 241 (per
curiam), appointed appellate attorney requests permission to
withdraw as counsel of record for defendant. After thorough
review of the record, we agree with counsel's assessment
of the case and accordingly grant the motion to withdraw. We
also affirm defendant's conviction and sentence.
September 2, 2014, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney
filed a bill of information charging defendant, Kyren
Thornton, with one count of armed robbery while armed with a
firearm, in violation of La. R.S. 14:64. Defendant pled
not guilty at his arraignment on September 4, 2014.
August 4, 2015, defendant withdrew his plea of not guilty,
and after being advised of his Boykin rights, pled
guilty as charged. In accordance with the plea agreement,
defendant was sentenced to serve ten years imprisonment in
the Department of Corrections,  without the benefit of parole,
probation, or suspension of sentence. The trial court further
recommended defendant for participation in any drug
rehabilitation, self-help, and work-release programs
available through the Department of Corrections.
filed an application for post-conviction relief
("APCR") on August 8, 2017, seeking an out-of-time
appeal, which was granted by the trial court on August 14,
2017. The instant appeal followed.
defendant pled guilty, the facts of this case were not fully
developed at trial. Thus, the facts were gleaned from the
bill of information which provides that on August 2, 2014,
defendant violated La. R.S. 14:64, in that he and
co-defendants Nyran Batiste and Bernel Rhodes did rob German
Castro while armed with a dangerous weapon, to-wit: a
the procedure adopted by this Court in State v.
Bradford, supra, appointed appellate counsel
has filed a brief asserting that she has thoroughly reviewed
the trial court record and cannot find any non-frivolous
issues to raise on appeal. Accordingly, pursuant to
Anders v. California, supra, and State