Livingston- District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that 39-year-old Joseph St. Romain, of Tickfaw, was sentenced to 25 years with the department of corrections for aggravated battery and armed robbery with use of a firearm. He is to serve the sentence without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. St. Romain was found guilty by a Livingston Parish jury of aggravated battery and armed robbery with use of a firearm in June.
On Thanksgiving night (November 24) 2016, Livingston Parish detectives reported to North Oaks Hospital in Hammond in reference to a gunshot victim. The victim, Jarred Stewart, reported he had been robbed and shot in Livingston Parish. It was observed that the victim sustained a gunshot wound to the top of his right hand as well as a small laceration to the rear of his head.
According to Jarred Stewart’s testimony, he and William Street drove to a residence on LA 442 to pick up stereo equipment. Eventually, the homeowner, Joshua Penton, arrived at the residence. Minutes later a vehicle pulled into the driveway of the residence when two males later identified as Joseph St. Romain and Brandon St. Romain exited the vehicle. Stewart went on to testify that Joseph St. Romain told him that he looked familiar and accused him of robbing him on a previous occasion. When interviewed at the hospital and during live testimony at trial, Jarred Stewart denied any knowledge of a previous robbery.
During the interaction with Stewart, Joseph St. Romain produced a semi-automatic pistol, pointed it at Stewart, and took Stewart’s wallet. Joseph St. Romain then ordered Stewart to get on his knees, which the victim did and placed his hands behind his head. Joseph St. Romain then stood behind the victim. The victim was shot and struck with the pistol during this exchange. William Street testified that he was able to disarm St. Romain and flee with the victim. Both Stewart and Street positively identified Joseph St. Romain in court as the individual who robbed and shot Jarred Stewart on Thanksgiving night, 2016.
The testimony of the victim and witness, Street, was supported by physical evidence which was gathered from the hospital and the crime scene by Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Officers. On the count of Attempted First Degree Murder, the Jury returned a responsive verdict of Aggravated Battery. On the count of Armed Robbery with a Firearm, the Jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty as charged.
Assistant District Attorney Zachary T. Daniels represented the State of Louisiana in the case with Judge Robert H. Morrison presiding.