Devontia Thompson

Devontia Thompson

GONZALES — A Gonzales man who tried to rob his illegal drug customers early this year has been sentenced to a combined four years in residential drug treatment and subsequent home incarceration after his guilty plea this week.

In a plea bargain with Ascension Parish prosecutors, Devontia Thompson, 18, admitted to the reduced charge of conspiring with a juvenile to rob at gunpoint two of his marijuana buyers at one of the customers' home on Jan. 6.

Thompson, also known as "Jelly Roll," pulled out a handgun, demanded cash and cellphones but fled after the victims also took off, Tyler Cavalier, spokesman for 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin, said Tuesday.

The gun was never found, Cavalier added.  

Thompson, 1930 W. Worthey St., Gonzales, also pleaded guilty Monday to separate counts of simple burglary from 2016 and to possession of crack cocaine from 2017.

Judge Thomas Kliebert Jr. on Monday sentenced Thompson to a combined 10 years in prison for the three counts but suspended that to two years at a residential drug treatment facility in Baton Rouge and two more years of home incarceration.

In the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to reduce an attempted armed robbery charge to conspiracy dropped attempted armed robbery with a gun and aggravated battery charges. Prosecutors also dropped a separate resisting an officer charge, according to court documents.

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