The New Orleans police have arrested the men responsible for a shocking assault in the French Quarter. Two tourists from Boston were viciously attacked and robbed — a crime captured on videotape. James Curran and Tim Byrne were attacked from behind and Byrne is in critical condition.
The two men were attending the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Four suspects are now under arrest Rashaad Piper, 20, Nicholas Polgowski, 18, DeJuan Paul, 21, and Joshua Simmons, 18. Paul also faces drug charges.
While the four men were charged with second-degree robbery, the case may become a prosecution for homicide given the status of one of the victims.
§64.1. First degree robbery
A. First degree robbery is the taking of anything of value belonging to another from the person of another, or that is in the immediate control of another, by use of force or intimidation, when the offender leads the victim to reasonably believe he is armed with a dangerous weapon.
This is the type of crime that warrants a maximum sentence given the utter lack of concern for the lives of the victims. These are individuals who would seem imminent and ongoing threats to society.
As shown below, second degree robbery can result in a 40 year sentence with a minimum of 3 years:
§64.4. Second degree robbery
A.(1) Second degree robbery is the taking of anything of value belonging to another from the person of another or that is in the immediate control of another when the offender intentionally inflicts serious bodily injury.
(2) For purposes of this Section, “serious bodily injury” means bodily injury which involves unconsciousness, extreme physical pain or protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty, or a substantial risk of death.
B. Whoever commits the crime of second degree robbery shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than three years and for not more than forty years.
Presumably, additional charges will be added for assault etc.