Pearl River man got 25 years for shooting fleeing girlfriend
Pearl River Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Former Girlfriend 2 Years Ago
COVINGTON—Ronald A. Brown, 58, formerly of Pearl River, pleaded guilty Monday (Feb. 13) to attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for shooting his girlfriend in 2015. District Judge Raymond S. Childress sentenced Brown to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder and 10 years on the firearm charge, with both sentences to be served at the same time.
The incident occurred April 27, 2015, when the victim arrived home and discovered Brown hiding inside her kitchen. After a brief struggle, the victim was able to get to her vehicle, but Brown shot her in the head through the window as she tried to speed away. She then drove herself to the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Brown shortly afterward.
Five years earlier, Brown had pleaded guilty to attempted second degree kidnapping for holding a knife to a different victim’s neck and preventing her from leaving for three hours. In that case, he was given a five-year sentence with all but 18 months of it suspended, and five years of probation. Assistant District Attorney Becky Jo Hollen, who prosecuted the 2015 case, requested the court to sentence Brown under the state’s repeat offender law.