Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Lala Sylvester rendered a 140 year criminal sentence on Jan. 26 for Deontay DeShun Hardy, 30 of Natchitoches. The consecutive sentence includes 95 years in prison for armed robbery and 45 years for attempted armed robbery.
Two unanimous jury convictions were announced on Oct. 16, 2020 as the result of a 2016 robbery of Southern Classic Fried Chicken in Natchitoches.
Hardy was convicted of robbing a father with his children in their vehicle in the restaurant’s parking lot. He proceeded inside and held a gun on an employee while demanding the safe be opened. Gunshots were fired inside the restaurant causing windows to shatter. Hardy fled the scene and was apprehended several blocks away by Natchitoches Police Department officers after a foot chase.