OPELOUSAS — A Lafayette man who brandished a semi-automatic pistol to rob at least one Opelousas pedestrian of a small amount of money was convicted Wednesday of a count of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
It took the jury almost three hours to convict Lloyd Richardson, 47, who was on trial for robbing Fletcher Duplechan and Patrick Layssard in separate incidents just minutes apart as both stood near the South Railroad Street area on Dec. 10, 2013.
Following the verdict, 27th Judicial District Judge James Doherty set a July 2 sentencing date for Richardson in the robbery of Duplechan.
The jury found Richardson innocent in Layssard’s robbery after Layssard testified Tuesday that someone other than Richardson exited a Tahoe and robbed him of about $40.
Richardson’s conviction followed two days of trial testimony from several witnesses including Duplechan and Layssard.
The armed robbery conviction could carry an enhanced sentence beyond the maximum 99 years because of the weapon Richardson used to rob Duplechan.
Richardson’s firearm possession conviction carries a maximum 20-year sentence.
According to a three-count bill of information filed by St. Landry Parish District Attorney Earl Taylor on May 5, 2015, Richardson was convicted in 2007 for simple burglary of a building, a felony.
The bill of information does not state where the burglary occurred or if Richardson was still on parole at the time the robberies of Layssard and Duplechan.
During Tuesday’s testimony, Duplechan pointed to Richardson in the courtroom as the man who robbed him “of some change,” after Richardson climbed from the rear of a Chevrolet Tahoe at the corner Washington and Jefferson streets, pointed a weapon with an extended magazine and demanded Duplechan’s money.
Duplechan also testified that he had picked out Richardson as the robber when city police showed him a lineup sheet shortly after the robbery.
The bill of information alleges Richardson was riding with three other individuals in the Tahoe at the time of the robbery, but Duplechan said he could not identify the others in the vehicle.
Duplechan testified that Richardson has an exterior eye defect, which made him easier to identify.
Layssard also testified on Tuesday, but he did not identify Richardson as the man who robbed him of about $40.
Instead Layssard testified he was robbed by another man who approached him from the Tahoe.
Opelousas police Sgt. Brandon Harris testified that he retrieved a pistol Richardson used in the robbery and tossed from the Tahoe before running from pursuing officers.
Richardson did not testify at the trial.