Ascension deputies: Burglar on parole when state trooper shot him Sunday over car burglary _lowres

Joseph Baldwin

 A Prairieville man who was shot by a state trooper last year after a vehicle burglary was sentenced this week to 25 years in prison for what prosecutors called a "2016 crime spree," authorities said.

Joseph Baldwin, 31, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault, simple battery, simple burglary, felony theft, illegal possession of stolen things and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, said Tyler Cavalier, the public information officer for the 23rd Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Baldwin was originally charged with attempted second-degree murder, but pleaded down to the lesser charges. 

On April 3, 2016, Baldwin broke into an unmarked State Police vehicle at a Prairieville residence and stole several items, including a State Police issued ballistic vest, and two firearms, Cavalier said. 

The State Police detective caught Baldwin in the act, and during a physical altercation between the two men, Baldwin threatened the detective with a handgun. The detective, however, fired his weapon first, injuring Baldwin. 

Investigators later located multiple items, including two handguns and purse, they say were taken during several other burglaries in the area. Baldwin had a previous conviction for simple burglary in Livingston Parish. 

Baldwin, 17227 Carpenters Chapel Rd, was sentenced with credit for time served, however 20 of the 25 years are without benefit of parole, probation or suspended sentence. 

Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email or call (225) 388-0369.