Geismar Man Sentenced for 2014 Armed Robbery and Denied New Trial

On October 27, 2015 Bryan Golden of Geismar, LA., age 33, was found guilty by an Ascension Parish Jury for the Armed Robbery of Red River Bank located on Hwy 73 in Geismar. Golden was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. Sentencing was deferred pending a pre-sentence investigation.

On February 19, 2014 at approximately 12:41pm, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Red River Bank on Hwy 73 in Geismar for a report of an armed robbery. Through the course of the investigation, investigators learned that an unknown black male entered the bank wearing a motorcycle helmet. Upon making entry, the suspect brandished a small pistol and proceeded to jump over the teller’s counter and began gathering cash. The suspect then ran out to a gold colored 4 door sedan and fled the area. Shortly after, investigators located the suspected getaway car abandoned in a wooded area a short distance away from the bank. Search dogs escorted investigators to an area where it was believed the robbery suspect was picked up. Through further investigation, Golden was identified as the individual who made entry into the bank armed with a pistol demanding cash.

Golden appeared in court on August 8, 2016 where a motion for new trial was taken up and denied by Judge Kliebert. By law there is a minimum of a 24 hour delay before sentencing when a post trial judgment is denied; however, Golden waived the delay. Judge Kliebert ordered that Golden be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 15 years at hard labor with credit for time served. Golden was given an addition penalty of 5 years for committing the armed robbery with a firearm. The 5 year penalty is to run consecutive to 15 years sentence. Golden was sentenced to a total of 20 years with credit for time served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. The imposed sentence is to be served without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.