AMITE — A state district judge sentenced a Roseland man to 50 years in prison Thursday for convictions on two counts of armed robbery, according to a press release from District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.
Bruce Darnell Hines was convicted earlier this year of masterminding the burglary of Lenach and Betty Dokes’ home. the release says.
According to testimony during his trial, Hines, 46, instructed his son and another man to rob the Dokes’ home and helped the pair to plan it, the release says.
Hines was not at the victims’ home at the time of the robbery, Perrilloux said in an interview.
Judge Robert Morrison, of the 21st Judicial District, originally was scheduled to sentence Hines on July 19, but Hines’ attorney asked for and was granted a continuance, according to the release.
Before Hines was sentenced, his attorney requested a new trial, the release says.
Morrison denied that motion and delivered the sentence, the release says.
Hines declined to address the court when given the opportunity during his sentencing hearing, according to the release.
An armed robbery conviction carries a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison, Perrilloux said.