The son of prominent businessman Shane Guidry said Wednesday he was sorry to the cops who endured his drunken tirade outside an Uptown bar in September.
The apology was not accepted.
Ashton Guidry, 22, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace before Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman. Prosecutors dropped a separate misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass under the terms of a plea agreement.
Pittman sentenced Guidry to 90 days of probation and ordered him to attend racial sensitivity classes.
Guidry also apologized to the Sheriff’s Office lieutenant and New Orleans Police Department officers who arrested him after he was spotted fighting with the employees of the F&M Patio bar at 4841 Tchoupitoulas St. about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 22.
During the incident, Guidry threatened to have the officers fired and shouted words with the “n***** connotation,” according to an arrest report by Sheriff’s Office Lt. Terry Braun. He also said he would call his father as well as one of his father's associates, former Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, Braun said.
“My actions were extremely out of character for me, and my level of intoxication that night only made matters worse,” Guidry said in court. “I am truly sorry for my actions that night, and I can assure you that it will never happen again.”
Ashton Guidry had no criminal record prior to his arrest.
Guidry had attempted to apologize in court a week earlier. However, Pittman said she wanted him to express his regret directly to the officers involved in the incident.
The young man’s statement to the officers on Wednesday received a frosty reception.
Braun told the court that he did not understand why prosecutors refused a booking charge of public intimidation, which can be a misdemeanor or a felony.
Police Department Officer Damita Williams, who is black, outright rejected the apology.
“We appreciate the opportunity to allow Mr. Guidry to express his apology, but we do not accept it,” she said.
Guidry’s father, Shane Guidry, is a major political donor with close ties to state Attorney General Jeff Landry and to Normand. In addition to running his family’s oil services company, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Shane Guidry serves as a special assistant to Landry.
He also had a business relationship with Normand and served as a Sheriff's Office reserve deputy.
In a statement released after his son’s arrest, Shane Guidry said it was wrong for his son to invoke his name to the officer.
"No one has my permission to use my name for anything, or should they,” Shane Guidry said.