Car chases, hiding in woods from police officers and spending time in jail aren’t new for Kaunda Magee, records show.
Released Friday from a McComb, Miss., hospital, where he had been treated for multiple gunshot wounds, Magee was transported to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, which has nurses to tend his wounds, officials said.
Again he is behind bars, where he has spent more than half of the past 20 years, according to records from the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
Magee has spent much of the rest of that period on probation or parole, the records show.
Asked if Magee would qualify as a habitual offender, Corrections Department spokeswoman Pam Laborde said, “I would think so,” but suggested that would be a better question for the district attorney.
District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, of the 21st Judicial District, and District Attorney Rick Wood, of the 22nd Judicial District, both said they plan to consider habitual offender status against Magee if he is convicted of felonies he allegedly committed during this month’s crime spree.
Convicting Magee as a habitual offender could increase his sentence by 50 percent or more, but it may not be necessary, Perrilloux said.
“He’s looking at major charges and penalties in Washington Parish, which is probably going to render a habitual offender petition insignificant,” Perrilloux said.
Magee’s earlier convictions include armed robbery, for which his parole was revoked once; possession of cocaine, for which his parole was revoked four times; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and illegal use of a weapon, according to the Corrections Department.
Magee was still under supervision for his last two convictions when a warrant was issued Sept. 30 for his arrest, Laborde said.
District Attorney Wood, who referred to Magee as a “frequent flier,” said Magee is yet to be tried in his jurisdiction on a 2007 case in which he is accused of domestic battery and other counts including aggravated flight from deputies.
In that case, Magee allegedly fled by car and then on foot into the woods after an incident involving his pregnant girlfriend, the district attorney said.
Magee failed to show up for court in that case, Wood said.
Magee’s arrest record shows multiple cases of flight from officers and resisting arrest.
The latest activities for which he is accused began early this month and ended when he was shot Wednesday by Louisiana State Police Sgt. Mike Neal and by a private citizen, who has not been identified by authorities.
Magee’s capture followed two weeks spent in the woods while law enforcement authorities in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes and in Pike County, Miss., searched for him with teams on the ground, police dogs, and spotters in helicopters, said Lt. Doug Cain of Louisiana State Police.
The case started with an Oct. 3 incident in which Magee allegedly invaded a home and raped a man in Pine, said Chief Deputy Scott Blair of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.
While being pursued by authorities, Magee allegedly shot at police officers, wounded a police dog, stole two vehicles, led police on three car chases, burglarized homes, tied up a woman and threatened several people with a stolen gun, authorities said.
Magee eventually fled to Pike County, where he was caught, according to State Police.
The Department of Corrections gave the following record of Magee’s time behind bars:
Incarcerated from Sept. 27, 1993, to Sept. 13, 1996, when he was released to supervision of the Amite District of Probation and Parole.
Re-incarcerated on April 8, 1999, to Nov. 13, 2000, when he was released to supervision of Covington District.
Re-incarcerated but not revoked to attend the Blue Walters Substance Abuse Treatment Program from Oct. 6, 2001, through May 19, 2002.
Completed parole on one case on May 19, 2002.
Re-incarcerated on a new felony conviction from May 20, 2002, to Feb. 6, 2005, when he was released to supervision of Covington District of Probation and Parole.
Re-incarcerated on Dec. 27, 2005, to March 28, 2007, when he was released to supervision of Covington District of Probation and Parole.
Re-incarcerated on July 13, 2007, to Feb. 28, 2008, when he was released to supervision of Covington District of Probation and Parole.
Re-incarcerated on May 1, 2008, to March 16, 2011, when he was released to supervision of Covington District and then transferred on Aug. 25, 2011, to Probation and Parole in the Amite District.
Louisiana Probation and Parole authorities, who saw Magee on Aug. 25, subsequently were notified Magee was arrested and booked with driving while intoxicated in Jefferson Parish. After contact could not be made with the offender, a warrant for Magee’s arrest was requested on Sept. 30.
Updated Nov. 1, 2011 to correct for date of incarceration from July 13, 2007 to Feb. 28, 2008.