Habitual offender gets 60-year prison sentence
AMITE - A Hammond man will spend 60 years in prison after he was convicted of fourth offense felony theft.
47-year-old Maurice Anderson’s criminal history extended back to June of 1989 when he was convicted of felony theft under two docket numbers. He was sentenced to serve two years and seven years in prison on the charges to be served concurrently.
In the years to follow, Anderson would be convicted and serve prison time for several offenses including simple burglary, theft, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and introducing contraband into a penal institution.
Most recently, Anderson was found guilty by a jury on Oct. 22, 2014, of one count of theft over the amount of $1,500.
The presiding judge said the reason for the 60 year sentence hinged on the man’s extensive criminal past and what the judge described as “no remorse for any of the crimes he has committed.”
The judge said that Anderson was able to avoid a life sentence only due to the fact that he lacks a felony conviction for any crime of violence.
“Maurice Anderson past record and repeated offenses, despite previous convictions, made him worthy of being adjudicated under the law as an habitual offender with a lengthy prison sentence,” said District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.