Posted: Oct 4, 2013 3:34 PM by KATC
Updated: Oct 4, 2013 3:35 PM
Thursday, the Honorable Edward B. Broussard sentenced Tracy Harris, Sr. to Life in Prison At Hard Labor without Parole, probation, or suspension of sentence, for armed robbery and aggravated second degree battery.
While armed with a knife on June 29, 2012, Harris entered JB Express Gas Station, in Abbeville and beat the cashier and business owner Diana Pham until her eyes were swollen shut. Harris had been previously convicted of two simple burglaries and purse snatching in the past.
The two life sentences and the twenty year sentence are to be served concurrently. Jermaine Williams represented the defendant and objected to the ruling and sentence and argued the defendant was not the same person who was convicted of Purse Snatching and Simple Burglary.
Assistant District Attorney F. Stanton Hardee, III, Prosecutor for District Attorney Mike Harson argued that Harris was a three time convicted felon and proved it by having Deputy Clerk of Court Carlton Campbell testify that Harris was the same person he saw plea guilty to purse snatching in 2001 and two simple burglaries in 1990 and using fingerprint expert Lt. David Hardy who testified that Harris's fingerprints that he took in court matched those in his records from the Department of Corrections. Judge Broussard ruled that Hardee proved the state's case through the testimony and evidence that the defendant was a third felony habitual offender.