GONZALES — A state district judge gave a Gonzales man a 42-year prison sentence, the maximum possible time, following his conviction on a string of home invasion and burglaries in the Bayou Grand South neighborhood two years ago, finding the man had failed “to take advantage of or appreciate” past leniency from the courts.
Damon Delmore, 38, broke into three houses early in the morning of May 20, 2014, frightening one woman who was locked in her bedroom and driving a scared elderly woman to try to escape through her bathroom window while her husband struggled with Delmore, prosecutors in Ascension Parish said Friday in a news release.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Delmore on May 20 as he was trying to flee the third home. The woman cut her arm in the window, while her husband had a contusion from the struggle with Delmore, prosecutors with the 23rd Judicial District said.
Prosecutors claimed at trial that Delmore was looking for a woman to sexually assault and continued entering homes that morning until he found one.
Delmore’s defense attorney claimed at trial that Delmore was high on drugs at the time. Deputies said at the time of his arrest that they had found him in possession of a glass smoking pipe. Delmore did not take the stand in his own defense.
An Ascension Parish jury voted 11-1 to find Delmore, 1208 W. Penn St., guilty on Nov. 12 of one count of aggravated burglary and two counts of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.
In written reasons for his sentence, Judge Jason Verdigets noted that Delmore was a six-felony offender. Verdigets wrote that Delmore had been given a chance at probation and parole supervision on several occasions.
“However, he has refused to become a productive member of society and continued to engage in criminal activity and the use of illegal drugs,” Verdigets wrote. “It appears that he has a total disregard for the court and does not take advantage of or appreciate leniency when it is afforded to him.”
Verdigets, of the 23rd Judicial District Court, gave Delmore 30 years on the aggravated burglary count and six years on each of the unauthorized entry counts.
The judge added at the Parish Courthouse Annex in Gonzales on Monday that each sentence should run consecutively.
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