Updated: Lil Boosie pleads guilty to drug charges; trial date set
BATON ROUGE - Torrence Hatch, aka Lil Boosie, pleaded guilty this morning to charges he smuggled contraband into two different prisons he was held in while awaiting trial on murder charges.
Hatch was sentenced to eight years hard labor for the charges, with credit for time served.
"Torrence has been dealing with a drug problem for sometime now," his attorney Jason Williams said. "He's been trying tog et that under control and you heard his own voice he would like to get drug rehab."
Today, Hatch admitted to smuggling drugs into Dixon Correctional Facility, and Angola State Penitentiary.
Hatch is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Terry Boyd. Prosecutors said Michael Louding, who is accused in six separate murders, told them Hatch hired him to kill Boyd.
Today, Judge Mike Erwin denied a motion from defense attorneys to get Louding to testify in Hatch's defense. They claim Louding recanted those statements.
"Michael Louding has been writing letter after letter saying he's not happy about his representation," Williams said. "He lied to police and a grand jury. Torrence had nothing to do with his decision to kill Terry Boyd."
Louding's lawyer, Margaret Lagattuta vehemently denied those claims.
"He's not recanting," she said. "He has not and never used that word."
"He's going to testify at trial," Prosecutor Dana Cummings said. "He's going to be called at trial, that's the appropriate time. They can cross examine at that time."
Erwin also denied a motion to get District Attorney Hillar Moore to recuse himself from the case.
Defense attorneys also asked to quash computer evidence seized by investigators and to toss a search warrant of Hatch's home but Judge Erwin denied both of those motions too.
The courtroom was full of dozens of Lil Boosie fans and family members. Outside, they told News 2 they believe he is wrongfully locked up.
"He's not a bad person," Trell said. "Boosie everything about him has been positive."
A trial date has been set for the murder case on April 30, 2012.