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Sentencing for "wrong neighborhood" attacker postponed

8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago January 28, 2016 Jan 28, 2016 Thursday, January 28 2016 January 28, 2016 10:14 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

ROUGE - A judge ordered that sentencing for a man convicted of beating a man and wife at a Baton Rouge gas station in May 2013 be put off so the court can hear arguments about whether he's a habitual offender.

Donald Dickerson faces a possible life sentence if he's found to be a habitual offender. District Attorney Hillar Moore is arguing he be sentenced under those guidelines, noting Dickerson has been convicted of four other felonies.

"Purse snatching, armed robbery, federal gun charge, and felony sex offense, that's four convictions and this is his fifth," Moore said back in June after Dickerson was found guilty of second degree battery.

Authorities said the 2013 attack happened as a family headed home to St. Francisville stopped at an East Baton Rouge Parish gas station to fuel up. David Ray, one of the victims, testified that Dickerson came up to them and said Ray was "in the wrong neighborhood and wouldn't make it out" before he attacked the couple.

A hearing over the habitual offender arguments is scheduled for April 21 at 1:30 p.m., with sentencing to happen the same day.

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