APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH
OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 17-5209, DIVISION
"K" HONORABLE ELLEN SHIRER KOVACH, JUDGE PRESIDING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE, STATE OF LOUISIANA Paul D.
Connick, Jr. Terry M. Boudreaux Gail D. Schlosser Jennifer C.
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT, RASHED V. JOHNSON Prentice
composed of Judges Marc E. Johnson, Hans J. Liljeberg, and
Marion F. Edwards, Judge Pro Tempore.
F. EDWARDS, JUDGE PRO TEMPORE JUDGE
Rashed V. Johnson, appeals his conviction and sentence for
introducing contraband into the Jefferson Parish Correctional
Center. For the reasons that follow, we affirm
defendant's conviction and sentence, and we grant
appellate counsel's motion to withdraw as attorney of
OF THE CASE
September 1, 2017, the Jefferson Parish District
Attorney's office filed a bill of information charging
defendant with one count of introducing contraband into
correctional facility employee, in violation of La. R.S.
14:402. Defendant pled not guilty to the charge at his
arraignment on September 8, 2017. On September 28, 2017,
defendant withdrew his not guilty pleas and pled guilty as
charged. Defendant was sentenced by the trial court to 30
days at hard labor with credit for time served, pursuant to
La. C.Cr.P. art. 880, with the sentence to run consecutively
to any other sentence he was then serving. Various fines and
fees were also imposed. On October 13, 2017, defendant sent a
letter to the trial court requesting an appeal, which the
trial court considered as a motion for appeal and granted on
October 24, 2017. This timely appeal follows.
the instant conviction was a result of a guilty pleas, the
underlying facts of the matter were not fully developed at
trial. However, the State provided the following factual
basis at the time of defendant's guilty plea.
If this matter had proceeded to trial, the State would prove
beyond a reasonable doubt that on or about June 30th of 2017
the Defendant did violate Louisiana Revised Statute 14:402 in
that he did introduce into or possess in the Jefferson Parish
Correctional Center contraband, to wit, a lighter.
the procedure adopted by this Court in State v.
Bradford, 95-929, pp. 3-4 (La.App. 5 Cir. 6/25/96), 676
So.2d 1108, 1110-11,  appointed appellate counsel has filed a
brief asserting that he 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, ...