Oct 18, 2010
Sentence To Be Reduced For Coach Who Beat Principal

The state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled that 12th District Judge Mark Jeansonne’s six-month sentence for former Marksville High School girls basketball coach Roch Bordelon last year was too harsh, and the appellate court has ordered a resentencing.

Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charlie Riddle III said Friday the 3rd Circuit’s ruling may be appealed to the Louisiana Supreme Court. No resentencing date has been set.

Bordelon was charged with aggravated battery, a felony, in the Jan. 26, 2009, beating of then-Principal Stephen “Duke” Allgood at Marksville High School.

But the jury rendered a verdict of guilty of simple battery, a misdemeanor, in October 2009.

Jeansonne sentenced Bordelon to six months in prison, the maximum sentence allowed by judicial guidelines.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit earlier this month ruled the six-month sentence was excessive, and also said that court records did not indicate that Jeansonne advised Bordelon of the post-conviction deadline for filing an appeal.

In their ruling on the sentencing, the appellate judges said the law requires that Jeansonne should have taken under consideration that Bordelon was a first-time offender convicted of a misdemeanor, that the victim — Allgood — was not hurt seriously, and that other sentences with similar circumstances resulted in much lesser time in jail. The judges also said Bordelon might have been provoked by Allgood.

“Here … nothing in the record indicates that (Bordelon) will commit such crimes in the future, Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux wrote. Thus, imposition of the maximum punishment … is, therefore, nothing more than a needless imposition of pain and suffering.”

After he was convicted, Bordelon appealed the sentencing and also wanted the 3rd Circuit to rule that prosecutors erred in not handing over all of their pretrial information on witnesses, an argument the judges found had no merit.

Bordelon was the third girls basketball coach in a quick succession of coaches at Marksville High, and he hadn’t held the position very long when the incident took place involving him and Allgood in January 2009.According to the case background contained in the 3rd Circuit’s ruling, some parents of the girls team were concerned about Bordelon’s behavior at a practice session that January.

Allgood and a teacher went to Bordelon’s home, where Bordelon told the visitors he “wanted to pick up medication at a pharmacy and to go to church and light a candle.”

Bordelon, before the fight that day, went through phases of calm and agitation, silence and cursing, court papers say, and Allgood advised him to not go to the school.

Bordelon showed up at school anyway, and “burst into Allgood’s office …”

Bordelon then left, slamming the door, with Allgood close behind, the court documents show. The two again argued, Allgood told Bordelon he was fired, and the fight was on.

“It is questionable as to who instigated the fight, but Allgood experienced the majority of the injuries, according to court papers.

Allgood testified he was in very severe pain” when he arrived at Avoyelles Hospital, though “hospital records showed his pain level as mild, the judges noted.

Since this incident, Allgood testified that he has had back pain and a real loud ringing in his left ear. Moreover, Allgood now wears a mouth splint.”

Doctors, however, “found no evidence of fracture or alignment abnormalities in Allgood’s ribs or spine, according to court papers.

Vic Sooter, who represents Allgood, declined to comment on the 3rd Circuit’s ruling.

Allgood is now an employee of the Rapides Parish School District.

Sentence To Be Reduced For Coach Who Beat Principal

From thetowntalk.com

The state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled that 12th District Judge Mark Jeansonne’s six-month sentence for former Marksville High School girls basketball coach Roch Bordelon last year was too harsh, and the appellate court has ordered a resentencing.

Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charlie Riddle III said Friday the 3rd Circuit’s ruling may be appealed to the Louisiana Supreme Court. No resentencing date has been set.

Bordelon was charged with aggravated battery, a felony, in the Jan. 26, 2009, beating of then-Principal Stephen “Duke” Allgood at Marksville High School.

But the jury rendered a verdict of guilty of simple battery, a misdemeanor, in October 2009.

Jeansonne sentenced Bordelon to six months in prison, the maximum sentence allowed by judicial guidelines.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit earlier this month ruled the six-month sentence was excessive, and also said that court records did not indicate that Jeansonne advised Bordelon of the post-conviction deadline for filing an appeal.

In their ruling on the sentencing, the appellate judges said the law requires that Jeansonne should have taken under consideration that Bordelon was a first-time offender convicted of a misdemeanor, that the victim — Allgood — was not hurt seriously, and that other sentences with similar circumstances resulted in much lesser time in jail. The judges also said Bordelon might have been provoked by Allgood.

“Here … nothing in the record indicates that (Bordelon) will commit such crimes in the future, Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux wrote. Thus, imposition of the maximum punishment … is, therefore, nothing more than a needless imposition of pain and suffering.”

After he was convicted, Bordelon appealed the sentencing and also wanted the 3rd Circuit to rule that prosecutors erred in not handing over all of their pretrial information on witnesses, an argument the judges found had no merit.

Bordelon was the third girls basketball coach in a quick succession of coaches at Marksville High, and he hadn’t held the position very long when the incident took place involving him and Allgood in January 2009.

According to the case background contained in the 3rd Circuit’s ruling, some parents of the girls team were concerned about Bordelon’s behavior at a practice session that January.

Allgood and a teacher went to Bordelon’s home, where Bordelon told the visitors he “wanted to pick up medication at a pharmacy and to go to church and light a candle.”

Bordelon, before the fight that day, went through phases of calm and agitation, silence and cursing, court papers say, and Allgood advised him to not go to the school.

Bordelon showed up at school anyway, and “burst into Allgood’s office …”

Bordelon then left, slamming the door, with Allgood close behind, the court documents show. The two again argued, Allgood told Bordelon he was fired, and the fight was on.

“It is questionable as to who instigated the fight, but Allgood experienced the majority of the injuries, according to court papers.

Allgood testified he was in very severe pain” when he arrived at Avoyelles Hospital, though “hospital records showed his pain level as mild, the judges noted.

Since this incident, Allgood testified that he has had back pain and a real loud ringing in his left ear. Moreover, Allgood now wears a mouth splint.”

Doctors, however, “found no evidence of fracture or alignment abnormalities in Allgood’s ribs or spine, according to court papers.

Vic Sooter, who represents Allgood, declined to comment on the 3rd Circuit’s ruling.

Allgood is now an employee of the Rapides Parish School District.






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