BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court upheld a life prison term for a man convicted of severely beating another man at a convenience store five years ago after telling the victim he was in the “wrong neighborhood.”
Donald Ray Dickerson, of Baton Rouge, was found guilty in 2015 of second-degree battery in attacking David Ray III, of St. Francisville. Ray was hospitalized with a broken eye socket, broken nose and other injuries.
The Advocate reports Dickerson was sentenced to life behind bars, deemed a habitual offender because of prior robbery convictions.
Dickerson claims his sentence is unconstitutionally excessive. An appeals court disagreed. The Louisiana Supreme Court let that ruling stand.
The incident initially was probed as a possible hate crime because Dickerson is black and Ray is white. Ray dismissed that suggestion.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com