District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today the disposition of recent criminal cases in the 10th Judicial District Court.
Merrick Pikes, 24, of Natchitoches, received sentencing for two counts of armed robbery. Pikes previously pleaded guilty to the charges in February. The guilty pleas were related to the December 2015 armed robberies of Dollar General on University Parkway and Dollar General on Highway 3175 in Natchitoches.
At the sentencing, 10th Judicial District Judge Desiree Dyess sentenced Pikes to 16 years in prison at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Amanda McClung.
In a separate case, Judge Dyess sentenced Dekarius G. Edwards, 34, to 12 years and six months in prison, following his guilty pleas to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. The sentence was ordered to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
The guilty plea stemmed from Edwards, being a previously convicted felon, was found to be in possession of a handgun, crack cocaine and methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Chris Guillet.