A Westwego man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday (March 17), for being one of three men posing as construction workers who forced their way into a Metairie home, beat one of the women who resided there and stole their money.
Terry McCall Jr., 29, pleaded guilty as charged to aggravated burglary in connection with the Oct. 14 crime in the 3500 block of Bissonet Drive. The crime carries a sentencing range of one to 30 years in prison.
McCall, who carried a chainsaw, and two cohorts went to the home about 11:20 a.m., asserting they were there to do work. When the woman who answered the door said she needed no work, the men pushed their way inside. They beat and kicked her and stole money.
McCall did not participate in the beating. He went to another room with the woman’s roommate, tried to console her and told her they would not hurt her. A witness to the burglary in progress called 911, leading two suspects to flee from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office responders.
Deputies found McCall hiding under a bed in the house. He later confessed, according to the Sheriff’s Office. At the time, he was on parole through 2018 for a narcotics conviction.
In court Thursday, John Herrin, whose 62-year-old mother was beaten in the attack, called McCall’s actions “reprehensible,” he said in impact testimony. He said his mother suffers from “a host of physical disabilities,” including rotator cuff ailments caused by years of cleaning hotel rooms. As such, he said, his mother couldn’t raise her arms.
“When y’all began to punch her, she couldn’t defend herself,” Herrin testified. “Here you guys come, to take advantage of and beat a sick, disabled woman. That is about as cowardly and lowly as you can get. That’s okay. I know my mother will bounce back.”
McCall, dressed in orange jail clothing and chained to other inmates, apologized to Hemin. “I just like to say I apologize,” he said. “I didn’t lay hands on your mother.”
Hemin directed McCall to apologize to his mother, who sat in the audience with other family members. “If I could take it back, I would take it back,” McCall told her.
The mother responded: “God bless you, baby.”
Judge Stephen Enright of the 24th Judicial District Court, who accepted the negotiated plea agreement, then sentenced McCall to 15 years in prison. Judge Enright said he would “recommend strongly” to the state Department of Corrections that it provide him with any assistance available, including getting a GED and substance abuse treatment.
“It is through the victims’ generosity that you are being afforded that,” Judge Enright told him.
Ronald Bowman, 37, of Marrero, and Allen Narcisse, 37, of Kenner, await their trials. Bowman is charged with aggravated burglary. Narcisse is charged with aggravated burglary, resisting arrest by force or violence and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a police officer.
Assistant District Attorney Angad Ghai is prosecuting the cases.