DA announces 75 year prison sentence in armed robbery case

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today the sentencing in an armed robbery case in the 10th Judicial District Court.

In May, Jaleel Tousant, 25 of Natchitoches, was convicted of principal to armed robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon for a 2020 armed robbery that occurred on Short Seventh Street in Natchitoches. The defendant, and two other co-conspirators, were armed with handguns when they intended to rob the victim at their home. During the robbery, one of the co-conspirators shot and killed another victim who was at the home during that time. A third victim was also shot, but survived their injuries.

Prior to the robbery conviction, Tousant was previously convicted of home invasion, accessory to aggravated burglary, battery of a correctional facility employee, and illegal possession of stolen things.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Desiree Dyess sentenced Tousant, who unsuccessfully requested leniency and a minimum sentence, to 75 years of incarceration at hard labor without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

“This egregious and horrific crime is a tragedy for the victims, their families, and our community. We must continue to stand strong against these senseless acts of violence and the criminals who perpetuate these crimes,” said District Attorney Harrington.

Assistant District Attorney Richard Bray Williams and Special Assistant District Attorney, Clifford R. Strider, III prosecuted the case.