GONZALES — A Napoleonville man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to a reduced count of attempted aggravated rape of a 10-year-old girl, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Judge John L. Peytavin of 23rd Judicial District Court handed down the sentence Monday against Timothy Randazzo, 25, 107 La. 403, Napoleonville, prosecutors said in a statement. The district encompasses Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes.
The defendant’s wife, Paige Randazzo, 29, also of 107 La. 403, Napoleonville, was separately sentenced by Peytavin Monday to seven years in prison on a reduced charge, prosecutors said. Five years were suspended with five years supervised probation upon release, court minutes say.
Paige Randazzo was charged in October 2009 with molestation of a juvenile and accessory after the fact to aggravated rape.
But she pleaded guilty Monday to being a principal to carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Her plea was part of a deal in which she agreed to testify against Timothy Randazzo, said Assistant District Attorney O’Neal Parenton.
Parenton said prosecutors do not believe Paige Randazzo molested anyone, but she did not report her husband’s actions. The accessory to aggravated rape charge was also dropped Monday.
Paige Randazzo did not end up testifying against her husband, however, as he had already pleaded guilty in July to attempted aggravated rape.
In October 2009, Timothy Randazzo was indicted on charges of aggravated rape and molestation of a juvenile dating from June 2008 to August 2009, an indictment says.
Prosecutors dropped the molestation count when he pleaded guilty in July, court minutes say.
Peytavin, a retired district judge, was appointed earlier this month by the Louisiana Supreme Court to replace Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo temporarily, Parenton said.
She had been handling both cases but was appointed to the federal bench in New Orleans this month after winning U.S. Senate confirmation.