District Attorney announces sentencing in armed robbery case

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District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced the 10th Judicial District Court has sentenced Deontay DeShun Hardy, 30, of Natchitoches, for armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, and illegal use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Judge Lala Sylvester imposed a sentence of 90 years of imprisonment for armed robbery, 40 years of imprisonment for attempted armed robbery, and 5 years of imprisonment for illegal use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. All sentences were ordered to be served consecutively.

Hardy was convicted in a jury trial in October 2020. The convictions were the result of a 2016 armed robbery of Southern Classic Fried Chicken in Natchitoches.

Hardy was convicted of robbing a victim, with two children present, in a vehicle in the parking lot of the restaurant. He then entered the restaurant and held a gun on an employee while demanding she open the restaurant’s safe. During the incident, gunshots were fired inside the restaurant causing windows to shatter. Hardy fled the scene and was apprehended several blocks away by officers of the Natchitoches Police Department during a foot chase.

“The court rightfully recognized the heinous and violent nature of these crimes committed. The victims, including two young children, are traumatized from the defendant’s criminal acts. Although the defendant has been convicted and sentenced, we will continue to support the victims and pray for their healing,” said Harrington.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Chris Guillet and Shantel Wempren.