Morgan City man pleads guilty to robbery
MORGAN CITY, La. -- A Morgan City man accused of participating in an armed robbery on Eleventh Street in Morgan City last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Henry Lee Gaines, 28, pleaded guilty in the 16th District Judicial Court in Franklin last week to simple robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.
District Judge Edward M. Leonard Jr. imposed the prison sentence for the weapons violation along with a five-year concurrent sentence on the simple robbery charge.
Gaines had faced an armed robbery charge which was reduced in exchange for him testifying in the related case against Devante Dewey, 20, also of Morgan City.
Dewey’s trial was reset to July 22.
The pair were arrested by Morgan City police after Christopher Gough of Hilda Street in Morgan City reported on Dec., 9, he had been robbed at gun point by two men.
The arrest affidavit said Gough claimed that the person holding the gun said “he was going to put a bullet in his chest.” He said that a juvenile that was with the men fled at that time.
While making his report at the police department, Gough looked towards the Solar Apartments and pointed out the pair who he had just described as having robbed him, according to the affidavit. Both men were staying at the apartment complex at the time of their arrest, according to the police report.
The affidavit said Gaines, after having been advised of his Miranda rights, confessed to being a part of the incident. Gaines said his intention was to “beat up” Gough, but when Dewey produced a .25-caliber handgun and began going through the victim’s pockets, he and a juvenile left the scene.
Gaines said Dewey hid the gun in a cabinet in Gaines’ apartment and Gaines intended to dispose of the weapon but police arrived before he could do so, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said Dewey denied “all allegations that a robbery took place,” claiming that he went to the Shell station on La. 182 to buy cigarettes and returned home to his apartment.
The juvenile told police that the three had followed Gough from the Shell station after Gaines said he was “going to get at” Gough, according to the affidavit. The juvenile said both men pushed Gough after which Dewey produced a gun and proceeded to check the victim’s pockets for money. The juvenile said he did not know the victim was going to be robbed and he got scared and ran back to the Solar Apartments.
Gaines’ sentence is to be served without parole, probation or suspension of sentence. He has an arrest history beginning with an arrest for larceny as a juvenile. Subsequent to that 2000 arrest, he was arrested multiple times for misdemeanor and felony drug charges. In 2009 he pleaded nolo contendre on a felony charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Dewey had a misdemeanor drug arrest in Baton Rouge in 2010.