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|Ferriday man gets 20 years for robbery, attacks|
A Ferriday man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years under the multiple bill statue on three charges.
Judge Leo Boothe handed down the sentence in the case of 24-year-old Charles D. Washington.
Dist. Atty. Brad Burget said Washington has "a history of committing burglaries and his victims are usually female attacked in their homes. Fortunately, they were able to identify him and fight him off. I fought for enhanced sentences because I felt he was a danger to our community due to his history of attacking women."
Washington was scheduled Wednesday for his second trial this week but pled no contest around noon to a charge of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
Two juries were picked Monday for Washington's two trials. A six-person jury served Tuesday, and a 12-person jury was chosen to hear the trial scheduled for Wednesday afternoon before Washington pled.
Burget said Washington had previously pled guilty to a 2005 charge of attempted unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling where the victim gained her freedom by striking Washington with a cake plate.
"When she did that, he ran," said Burget.
On Feb. 12, 2008, Burget said Washington broke into a Ferriday home with others to steal jewelry. The next day, Feb. 13, Burget said Washington attacked Sadie Finley, who was "bringing dinner to her ill child. She was at a business in Ferriday with her five-year-old grandson when attacked by Mr. Washington."
But, said Burget, Finley fought back, "hitting him in the head with the lid of a casserole dish."
Washington fled and then burglarized the vehicle of an employee of the Jackson Hewitt tax office in Ferriday, Bernice Gaines. Burget said Washington stole a pair of white tennis shoes from Gaines' vehicle.
"Mrs. Finley, who had been attacked by Washington while bringing something to eat for her child and described the subject," said Burget. "When officers pulled up in the Brakenridge Furniture parking lot across the street from the Jackson Hewitt tax office, Washington was standing there with tennis shoes under his arm."
Washington threw the shoes at an officer and fled, but was caught.
"Mr. Gaines identified the tennis shoes as hers and the next day Washington confessed," said Burget.
Judge Leo Boothe is presiding.
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