Demond Cook sentenced to life in prison
BATON ROUGE - Demond Cook, the convicted felon who escaped custody and was re-captured after a 12-hour manhunt on Oct. 19, was given a life sentence today in Baton Rouge district court.
The District Attorney's Office said Cook stipulated to prosecutor's argument that he was an habitual offender, and was given a mandatory life sentence.
Cook's hearing was held separately from other inmates as a precaution after his escape on Oct. 19 outside the district courthouse. That's when investigators said he broke free from a line of other people being transported to the courthouse, and slipped out of handcuffs and shackles before eluding deputies on the scene.
Authorities said a friend, Hilton Hayes, had been waiting in a vehicle nearby and gave Cook a ride, dropping him off once they were away from the courthouse. Hayes and Cook's sister were later arrested in suspicion of helping him escape.
Cook had been convicted in September of armed robbery and kidnapping, and had three previous convictions for violent crimes in 1996, 1999 and 2008. He's being held at the East Baton Rouge Parish jail until he can be processed into the Department of Corrections.