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LaPlace man sentenced to 30 years in prison for shooting Kenner victim during armed robbery

By Paul Purpura, | The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune
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on January 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

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A LaPlace man who was convicted last week by a Jefferson Parish jury of shooting a man in the chest, during what police said was a drug-related, home-invasion robbery in Kenner, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison. Chad Wilson, 21, of 1508 Van Arpel Drive, must serve the time at hard labor, in connection with his conviction of second-degree battery and armed robbery.

Wilson on May 31 forced his way into a 32-year-old man's apartment in the 3500 block of Martinique Avenue, pointed a pistol at the victim and told him, "You just got jacked," the victim told Kenner police detectives. Wilson grabbed the victim's pistol, which he had in his pants' waistband, leading to a struggle in the foyer, police said.

The victim overpowered Wilson, who then shot the man in the chest before running out with the victim's pistol, police said. The victim survived.

After he was arrested on a warrant, Wilson told Kenner detectives the incident was related to drugs. Claiming self-defense, Wilson said he was on the losing end of the struggle when he shot the victim once with a .25-caliber pistol.

Wilson told police he threw his pistol into Lake Pontchartrain. The Kenner Police Department booked him with attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated burglary. But the Jefferson Parish district attorney's office charged Wilson with aggravated battery and armed robbery, only.

The jury on Thursday deliberated about two hours in convicting Wilson of armed robbery and second-degree battery, a charge lesser than aggravated battery.

You just got jacked." - Chad Wilson, upon robbing a victim in Kenner last year.

During last week's trial, the jury heard recordings of phone conversations Wilson had last June while awaiting his trial at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Wilson not only suggested he knew where the stolen gun was stashed, but he also wanted harm to come to the victim.

"No case, no face," Wilson told the other person on the phone. When the other person asked about the self-defense claim, Wilson responded by saying "I don't think that s--t gon' work son. That's why I really think, (explicative) need to check him out."

Wilson's attorney Joseph Larre sought a court order before the trial that would have barred prosecutors from using the jailhouse phone recordings as trial evidence. He said the recordings had no value as evidence, and that they would unfairly prejudice his client.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Vanderhooft, who prosecuted Wilson with Thomas Sanderson, argued the phone calls were relevant, and that they show Wilson's "desire to 'check out' the victim so that he cannot testify at trial."

Chief Judge June Darensburg of the 24th Judicial District Court, who presided over the case, sided with prosecutors and allowed the calls to be played for the jury. Larre on Tuesday argued for a new trial on grounds that Darensburg allowed the jury to hear the recordings.

Darensburg denied the new-trial request. She sentenced Wilson to the maximum five years in prison for the second-degree battery, and 30 years for the armed robbery. She ran the sentences concurrently.



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