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  • pyxie
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    Its not over till all appeals are done but

    thurs and today I had my day in court It went well the judge sentenced the non shooter to 30 years in which he was crying abouti t in his cell last night after showing no remorse and saying i guess if i hurt somebody im sorry. Today the shooter got 60 years after bragging to other inmates this morning "my lawyers gonna get me 50 years" like thats any better. Heres the article if anyones intrested in the media details.The details of the shooter in court today hasnt got printed yet but ill post that later. I want to thank all of you who have supported me through this.I hope my story will teach others one day.

    Man gets 30 years for his role in shooting
    Raymond Legendre
    Staff Writer


    THIBODAUX - Minutes before District Judge John LeBlanc sentenced him to 30 years in prison Thursday, defendant Daniel Rhodes offered a brief statement to the two Lafourche Sheriff’s deputies injured in a December shootout he participated in.

    “I’d like to apologize to anyone who feels hurt in this matter. I didn’t know the shooting was going to happen. If anyone feels hurt in the matter, I guess I apologize,” Rhodes, 23, said, while showing no visible emotion.

    Rhodes’ statement failed to sway LeBlanc from delivering the maximum sentence possible under the Aug. 8 plea arrangement the defendant and the District Attorney’s Office agreed upon. Rhodes, a resident of Harlem, Ga., entered guilty pleas that day to one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, aggravated escape and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    The District Attorney’s Office, the crime’s victims and the state’s Department of Public Safety and Corrections all recommended that Rhodes receive the maximum sentence.

    Rhodes’ court statement solidified the judge’s decision.

    “Your absolute lack of remorse,” the judge told Rhodes, “is difficult to understand.” LeBlanc added the Probation and Parole Board had attempted to meet with Rhodes on three different occasions, but the defendant did not cooperate.

    Robert Louque, Rhodes’ court-appointed lawyer, said he plans to file a motion in the next 15 days asking LeBlanc to reconsider the sentence.

    Rhodes’ cousin, Robert Power, who wounded the two deputies with a shotgun, will be sentenced this morning. He faces a maximum of 60 years in prison, after entering a Sept. 12 guilty plea to two attempted first-degree murder charges.

    “I’m happy (about Rhodes’ sentence), but it isn’t over, yet,” said Bridget Rupe Boudreaux, one of the wounded deputies, a reference to Power’s sentencing.

    Directly behind the defendant, a large contigent of the people Rhodes’ actions physically, psychologically and emotionally hurt – Boudreaux and Sgt. Roland Guillot, Guillot’s wife and several representatives from the Sheriff’s Office – listened intently to the defendant while waiting to hear the judge’s ruling.

    Rhodes’ statement drew poor reviews from observers in the courtroom.

    “I don’t think it was an apology. I think he was in a tight spot,” Lafourche Deputy Chief Bud Dill said. Sheriff Craig Webre attended a conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday, and was not available, Dill said.

    Both deputies said the lack of remorse did not surprise them, given his demeanor the day of the shooting and during his other court appearances.

    On Dec. 5, Power and Rhodes stole a truck at a Thibodaux gas station. Guillot, who was training Boudreaux, responded to the stolen-truck call and stopped Rhodes on La. 1 near Raceland. As the deputy handcuffed Rhodes, Power drove up and fired on Guillot and Boudreaux. Rhodes jumped in the truck his cousin was driving, and the two evaded police for a few hours before surrendering.

    Guillot said he heard stories from recently released inmates that Rhodes’ bragged about his role in the shooting. Rhodes, a one-time Lafourche Parish inmate, is now housed at the St. John Parish facility.

    Boudreaux added of Rhodes, “I knew that would be his reaction. During the incident, (Rhodes and Power) had faces like they didn’t care.”

    Rhodes’ chilly performance came in direct contrast with the victim-impact statements read prior to the sentencing, which elicited tears from both their readers and the crowd.

    Guillot paused several times to compose himself as he read. He described Rhodes and Power as “useless punks” and “two idiots,” noting they “gunned him down in the street like an animal.

    “My only wish is my bullets would have met their match and killed those two predators … “ Guillot concluded.

    As he stood on the courthouse’s front steps, Guillot, now a sergeant, added he was tempted to go off-script while giving his statement but didn’t.

    Boudreaux teared up each time she mentioned the impact the shooting has had on her young daughter. Boudreaux spent five days in ICU after the shooting and has since required eight surgeries to repair her left arm, which sustained severe damage.

    “My 3-year-old was terrified when she finally saw what was left of me,” Boudreaux said choking back tears. “I was a single mother at the time. I wanted to give her support and the necessities of life.”

    She explained she wasn’t able to cook, clean or perform other household chores following the shooting.

    “Today, I’m moving on with life. My career suffered due to the disability. My family suffered an unbelievable amount of emotional pain,” said Boudreaux, who has resumed working with the Sheriff’s Office as a detective.

    She added she could forgive Rhodes and Power, but would not be able to forget the shooting.

    “I hope (Rhodes) doesn’t forget, either,” Boudreaux said.

    Roland Guillot’s wife, Amy, delivered the last statement. She told the judge the events of Dec. 5 continue to haunt her and she is reminded of it every morning upon waking when she sees the bullet hole in her husband’s back.

    “Now, I constantly worry about the future,” Guillot’s wife said, adding her concerns center on future health problems caused by her husband’s back wound. She added stress related to the shooting has caused her blood pressure to skyrocket.

    Assistant District Attorney Mark Chiasson asked for the maximum of 30 years. Louque asked for 20 because, among other things, Rhodes did not actually shoot anybody.

    “His only mistake was getting in the vehicle that day,” Louque said.

    The judge disagreed, noting the defendant had been a principle to the theft of the pickup they stole earlier that morning and the gun they stole the previous day from Power’s grandfather in Georgia.

    “(Rhodes) didn’t think twice about jumping in the vehicle when the two officers were bleeding, possibly to death,” LeBlanc said.

    The courtroom remained calm as LeBlanc announced Rhodes’ sentence. Outside the courthouse, celebratory hugs and handshakes abounded.

    Rhodes, meanwhile, smiled and made an obscene gesture at onlookers as he boarded a Sheriff’s Office van transporting inmates back to the Lafourche jail.

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  • Chit2001
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    Congrats!

    Keep us posted!

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  • mooseman
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    VERY good JOB!!! I hope you and you FTP have a fast recovery. Do you have any updates on the court hearings?

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  • jchughes05
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    Hooah! Congrats on the medals. And good luck with your road to recovery~!

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  • pyxie
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    LOL yes I was cut loose after the incident I guess they figured i need more guidance rather than training in fto. Last night I recieve the purple heart and the metal of valor from the state of louisiana that was unexpected but very nice. The non shooter fired his lawyer before taking his plea back I believe what was said was that the very new lawyer told the kid he would walk free if he testified and plead so he was under another impression than the reality but regardless every dog has thier day.

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    Originally posted by pyxie View Post
    it never ceases to amaze me that things just couldnt go smooth for once. One of the guys took his plead back right before sentencing. It was lovely news!So here goes the circus.
    Sounds like a stall tactic. Sharks....er....lawyers are good for those all the time. Hang in there pyxie, your day will come!

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  • DeputySC
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    So you automatically get cut loose from fto for that or what? lol good job

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  • pyxie
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    it never ceases to amaze me that things just couldnt go smooth for once. One of the guys took his plead back right before sentencing. It was lovely news!So here goes the circus.

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  • pyxie
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    Yes I will be giving a victim impact statement at thier sentencing because I want to be old and decreped before he gets out. Although Im pretty sure hes not elligible for parole but stuff happens.

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  • pulicords
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    Pyxie, I'm glad to hear you're doing well and I wish you and your partner a full recovery. If permissible in your jurisdiction, see if the prosecutor will allow you to give a "victim impact statement" and ensure it's recorded (video or written down) so it stays in the defendants' package. It may save you the hassle of going to their parole hearings in the future, if you'd rather not have to do that. It'll be nice to know that long after you've retired from this profession and gone on to do other things (hopefully 20+ years from now), these guys (at least the shooter) will still be in the joint.

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  • pyxie
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    yea it is sad but you know how that goes defense lawyers will try anything

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  • pyxie
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    well ive got great news the shooter plead guilty so no trial which im happy for woo who!!!! Hes facing 50-60 he will be sentenced november 29

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  • MDS
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    Originally posted by pyxie View Post
    Just a update on one of the suspects Daniel Rhodes he plead guity and will be sentenced on September 25th. He will most likely face 20-30 years since he was not the shooter. On the other hand I will be attending trial for Mr. Powers the dumb teenager who shot me on September 17th. Anyone have suggestions that will keep me from looking like an idiot on the stand?This will be mt first court experience unfortunately I get to be the arresting officer witness and victim in court.

    Proud to meet you! I've not been on here much (busy busy) but caught your posting this morning. Incredible story. Good inspiration.

    As far as your question goes: Simply tell the truth. You'll never look like an idiot. Take your time. These are things I rehearse before I go in court, because I'm a horrendous public speaker. I simply don't like focus of an entire room on me. Never have. I'm certain you'll do fine. Look, if you can perform the way you did under gunfire, I'm positive you'll do fine on a stand!

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  • deputy x 2
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    Patrol vs detective is a new perspective of the job, which is just as important if not more. Althought you are not "rounding em up" you are in a postition to MAKE the case. Hang in there.

    Regarding your upcoming court experience. The prosecution will meet with you prior and advise you what to expect. This might be difficult for you due to your involvement in the case.

    As the arresting officer- being professional will come naturally. Just remember "Think- cop mode".

    As the victim- you can be yourself. (but realistically even though you won't realize it you're a cop 24/7 ie mannerism, thinking process etc).

    Just remember HE is on trial not you. He has to explain HIS actions/behaviors. You just documented what HE did.

    You will do just fine!

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  • pyxie
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    Just a update on one of the suspects Daniel Rhodes he plead guity and will be sentenced on September 25th. He will most likely face 20-30 years since he was not the shooter. On the other hand I will be attending trial for Mr. Powers the dumb teenager who shot me on September 17th. Anyone have suggestions that will keep me from looking like an idiot on the stand?This will be mt first court experience unfortunately I get to be the arresting officer witness and victim in court.

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