This is only the first of many.
KENNER, Louisiana (AP) — Three people convicted of hauling away liquor, wine and beer from a grocery store after Hurricane Katrina were sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison.
The judge said he wanted to send a message that looting would not be tolerated when he gave the maximum sentence to Coralnelle Little, 36, Rhonda McGowen, 42, and Paul C. Pearson, 36, all of Kenner.
A jury convicted the trio May 2 on a portion of the state’s looting law that took effect two weeks before the Aug. 29 storm. The amended law set a three-year minimum sentence, and a maximum of 15 years in prison, for looting during a declared state of emergency.
We have always taken looting seriously in Louisiana. Going back thru history, the police had orders to shoot to kill anyone caught looting. Of course the ACLU said it was racist and against people’s civil rights so now THE POLICE can’t shoot them.
We do however have a “shoot the burglar” law so if the owner is around they can kill the looter without fear of prosecution. — Which actually encourages people to ride out the storms in town but that is another issue.
We also have a “three strikes” law. So people caught looting will face a minimum of 3 years and potential life in prison with no parole.
It might have looked like it on T.V. for 24 hours… but this ain’t south central L.A.