FROM THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF
CALCASIEU, NO. 12308-17 HONORABLE G. MICHAEL CANADAY,
F. DeRosier District Attorney Fourteenth Judicial District
Court Daniel Vermaelen Elizabeth B. Hollins Assistant
District Attorneys COUNSEL FOR APPELLEE: State of Louisiana
K. Bauman Louisiana Appellate Project COUNSEL FOR
DEFENDANT/APPELLANT: Ladray Bias, Jr.
composed of Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, Chief Judge, John D.
Saunders, and D. Kent Savoie, Judges.
D. SAUNDERS JUDGE.
Ladray Bias, Jr., was charged with the attempted second
degree murder of the victim, Brittany Dionne Watson, in
violation of La.R.S. 14:27 and 14:30.1, on September 8, 2016.
He was found guilty as charged on June 15, 2017. The trial
court sentenced him to serve forty years at hard labor with
credit for time served on August 21, 2017. Defendant filed a
motion to reconsider his sentence, and the trial court denied
it on September 11, 2017.
26, 2017, the State charged Defendant as a second felony
offender pursuant to La.R.S. 15:529.1. The trial court
vacated Defendant's sentence on November 29, 2017,
adjudicated him a second felony offender, and resentenced him
to serve seventy years at hard labor without benefit of
probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Defendant filed
a motion to reconsider his habitual offender sentence,
contending the original forty-year sentence was appropriate.
The trial judge denied the motion on December 13, 2017.
Defendant now seeks review of his conviction for attempted
second degree murder and of his multiple offender sentence.
addressed Defendant's first assignment of error, alleging
insufficient evidence for a conviction, in our opinion in
docket number 18-268. We address the second assignment of
error, alleging an excessive sentence, in this opinion in the
present docket number, 18-665, the appeal taken after
Defendant's habitual offender adjudication and
stabbed the victim four times in her head, neck, chest, and
back during an argument on July 29, 2016.
accordance with La.Code Crim.P. art. 920, all appeals are
reviewed by this court for errors patent on the face of the
record. After reviewing the record, we find no errors patent.
OF ERROR NUMBER ONE:
alleges the evidence was insufficient to convict him of
attempted second degree murder. Because that issue pertained
to his underlying conviction, we discussed the issue ...