Prairieville Man Gets 25 Years Following 2016 Crime Spree

          On December 18, 2017, Joseph Baldwin of 17227 Carpenters Chapel Rd. Prairieville, LA., age 31, pled guilty to the charges of Aggravated Assault, Simple Burglary, Felony Theft, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Baldwin was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Robin O’Bannon, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2016 crime spree. 

          On April 3, 2016, Joseph Baldwin made forced entry into a carport attached to the Prairieville residence of an off-duty Louisiana State Police Detective while armed with a firearm. Upon making entry, Baldwin broke into an unmarked Louisiana State Police issued vehicle and stole several items including a State Police issued ballistic vest, and a backpack containing miscellaneous items including two firearms. The off-duty detective, who was sleeping inside of his residence, was contacted by a neighbor who advised there was a burglar outside. The detective armed himself and exited his residence. Upon exiting the residence, the detective observed Baldwin carrying the items taken from the vehicle, and identified himself as a peace officer. Baldwin attempted to flee, and the detective gave chase. The detective was able to catch up to Baldwin before engaging in a physical altercation. During the altercation, Baldwin made verbal threats before removing a handgun from his waistband and pointing it at the detective. The detective was able to fire his weapon first disabling Baldwin. Baldwin was subsequently arrested and transported to an area hospital where he was treated for gunshot related injuries. Upon being cleared by medical staff, Baldwin was booked into the Ascension Parish Detention Center. While canvassing the area, investigators located multiple items including two handguns and a purse. All of the items located had been taken during several other burglaries in the area. Baldwin had a previous conviction for Simple Burglary in Livingston Parish. 

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges pursuant to the plea agreement with prosecutors, Baldwin was sentenced to a total of 25 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, 20 years of which are to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.