APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH
OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 16-6554, DIVISION
"P" HONORABLE LEE V. FAULKNER, JR., JUDGE PRESIDING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE, STATE OF LOUISIANA Paul D.
Connick, Jr. Terry M. Boudreaux Thomas J. Butler Douglas W.
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT, RONALD WALLACE Bertha M.
composed of Judges Marc E. Johnson, Robert A. Chaisson, and
Stephen J. Windhorst
AND SENTENCE AFFIRMED
STEPHEN J. WINDHORST JUDGE
Ronald Wallace, appeals his conviction and sentence for purse
snatching in violation of La. R.S. 14:65.1. For the following
reasons, we affirm defendant's conviction and sentence.
and Procedural History
October 26, 2016, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney
filed a bill of information charging defendant, Ronald
Wallace, with second degree robbery in violation of La. R.S.
14:64.4. On April 10, 2017, the District Attorney amended the
bill of information and charged defendant with purse
snatching in violation of La. R.S. 14:65.1. Defendant pled
not guilty. The matter proceeded to a bench trial on May 22,
2017, and the trial court found defendant guilty as charged.
On June 26, 2017, the trial court sentenced defendant to
twenty years imprisonment.
29, 2017, the State filed a multiple offender bill of
information, alleging defendant to be a second felony
offender. Defendant stipulated to the multiple offender bill
of information on August 24, 2017. The trial court vacated
defendant's previous sentence and resentenced defendant
as a second felony offender, to twenty years imprisonment,
without the benefit of probation or suspension of sentence.
La. R.S. 15:529.1. On August 27, 2017, defendant filed a
motion for appeal, which the trial court granted.
purse snatching conviction was based on the following facts.
Linda Crane testified that on the morning of September 23,
2016, as she was leaving Bakers Dozen on Jefferson Highway
and opening her car door, a man grabbed her hands, jerked her
and took her wallet and her phone. She testified that she
"held on for a little bit" and screamed
"No," but the man "pulled it [the purse] so
hard" and "yanked everything out of my hands."
Ms. Crane fell to the ground during this encounter and
sustained a broken hip for which she had to have surgery. As
part of the investigation, Ms. Crane was later shown a
photographic lineup, and she identified defendant as the