Donaldsonville man pleads guilty to armed robbery and illegal firearm possession

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Terrance Richard

On August 27, 2018, Terrance Richard of 506 Pine St. Donaldsonville, La., age 28, pled guilty to Armed Robbery and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Richard was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Shawn Bush, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. This guilty plea comes after the 2016 armed robbery of a Donaldsonville convenience store.

On December 28, 2016, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a Donaldsonville convenience store in reference to a robbery that had just taken place. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a store clerk who had just gotten off work. As the clerk was walking to his vehicle, he observed a black male subject wearing all black clothes with a red beanie hat, and a white t-shirt covering his nose and mouth walk around the corner of the building. The subject approached the clerk, brandished a semi-automatic handgun, and demanded the clerk to give him all of his money. The clerk did not have any money on his person. The suspect then ordered the clerk back into the store. Upon entering the store, the suspect pointed the firearm at a second employee and demanded all of the money. While being held at gun point, the employee opened the register. The suspect took approximately $943 from the register then fled the area. Detectives reviewed surveillance video footage and conducted multiple interviews. As a result, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Terrance Richard and obtain a warrant for Richard’s arrest. Richard was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. When apprehended, detectives located clothing items consistent with the clothing description given by the victims near where Richard was located. Detectives also located a small caliber handgun. Richard has prior felony convictions for burglary and theft.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Richard was sentenced to 20 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. The said sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Submitted by Public Information Officer Tyler Cavalier for 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky L. Babin.