A Jefferson Parish judge on Thursday (May 12) sentenced Tyronne Louis to 50 years in prison, after the defendant pleaded guilty as charged to the attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
Louis, 42, of New Orleans, also pleaded guilty as charged to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree kidnapping and to misdemeanor charges of aggravated assault and battery of a dating partner.
The charges stem from a domestic dispute on Dec. 9, 2018, at a hotel in the 6400 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie, where Louis slapped and pointed a pistol at a female victim in a room. Shortly after, they left the room and walked through the lobby, where the victim was able to alert a hotel employee and lock herself in a restroom. The employee called 911.
Two Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded. As he was being escorted outside the hotel’s entrance for questioning, Louis ran. A deputy pursued him. In the parking lot just outside, Louis turned and fired three times at the deputy. Bullets struck the deputy in a shin and elbow.
Louis escaped but was arrested two days later at the bus and train station in New Orleans.
In accepting the plea, Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Louis to the maximum sentence for attempted murder. Louis’s prior conviction of aggravated battery in 2005 was used as a sentencing enhancement on the attempted murder charge.
Judge Kovach also sentenced Louis to the maximum 20 years for the firearm offense; 40 years for the kidnapping, also the maximum; and six months for each of the two misdemeanors. Judge Kovach ran the sentences concurrently.
Assistant District Attorneys Christina Fisher and Lindsay Truhe prosecuted the case.