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Louisiana Supreme Court upholds life sentence in beating

4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, September 05 2018 Sep 5, 2018 September 05, 2018 10:01 AM September 05, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: The Advocate

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld a life prison term for a man convicted of severely beating another man at a convenience store five years ago after telling the victim he was in the "wrong neighborhood."

Donald Ray Dickerson, of Baton Rouge, was found guilty in 2015 of second-degree battery in the attack on David Ray III, of St. Francisville. Ray was hospitalized with a broken eye socket, broken nose, and other injuries. Dickerson was sentenced to life behind bars, deemed a habitual offender.

The Advocate reports he has prior convictions for armed robbery, simple robbery and purse snatching. Dickerson claims his conduct did not amount to second-degree battery and his sentence is unconstitutionally excessive. An appeals court disagreed, and the Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday let that ruling stand

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