District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Joseph Paul Grant, age 59 and of Slidell, was sentenced by District Judge Scott Gardner to life in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence after a first-degree robbery incident.
The incident which brought him before the Judge for sentencing as a multiple offender occurred on April 4, 2019. Slidell Police Department officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Slidell gas station. Upon arrival, police found a victim who relayed what had happened and officers were able to view video surveillance footage.
A black male wearing pink multi-colored slippers, a black hooded sweatshirt and sweat pants with a Saints cap turned backwards arrived at the store, walked around the counter and grabbed the store clerk by the neck and demanded that she open the cash register. He then proceeded to punch her multiple times all while threatening to kill her. He eventually fled after taking approximately $200 worth of cash and a few boxes of Kool cigarettes. Video footage also showed that the defendant had two distinctive warts on his middle finger.
Grant was taken into custody and a search warrant was executed on his vehicle and residence. At his residence, officers found the matching Saints hat, black clothing, pink multi-colored slippers, and pack of Kool cigarettes. In his vehicle, officers found an additional pack of Kool cigarettes and other miscellaneous items.
A jury found him guilty on January 1, 2022 for this incident. He was first sentenced to 40 years in prison prior to the filing of the Multiple Offender Bill of Information. Grant had five prior felony convictions for possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine), purse snatching, armed robbery and attempted manslaughter. He also had another pending felony charge for possession of a Schedule II drug.
On Tuesday, the Court denied the Grant's Motion for a New Trial and Motion for Post-Verdict Judgment of Acquittal. During his Multiple Offender Arraignment, also held Tuesday, the Grant admitted to the Multiple Offender Bill of Information. The Court found that Life provisions applied, vacated the 40-year sentence and sentenced the defendant to Life in Prison. The Judge commented that the defendant acted with indifference and cruelty to the victim.
The trial was handled by Assistant District Attorney Blake Peters.