Posted: Sep 21, 2012 5:14 PM by KATC
Updated: Sep 21, 2012 6:35 PM
An Abbeville man has been sentenced to life in prison for being a habitual offender.
District Attorney Mike Harson announced that Fermichael Deshawn Harrison, 39, of Abbeville, was found guilty as a Fourth Felony Habitual Offender on September 20, 2012. He was sentenced to prison for the rest of his natural life without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
Harrison was previously convicted of Distribution of Cocaine in 1993, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine in 1996, Simple Burglary in 2003, and Distribution of Hydrocodone in 2011. In 2011, Judge Conque sentenced Harrison to five years at hard labor for his fourth felony conviction.
Thereafter, Assistant District Attorney Stanton Hardee, III filed a Bill of Information charging Harrison as a Fourth Felony Habitual Offender on July 26, 2012. Louisiana revised statute 15:529.1 gives prosecutors the option to enhance a repeat offender's original sentence which requires the offender to do a mandatory day for day prison sentence. If the prosecutor proves to the court that the defendant was convicted within a certain time period of three or more specific felonies such as distribution of cocaine, the law requires the judge to sentence the defendant to prison at hard labor for the rest of his natural life without parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
Hardee said, "Drugs are the root of most major crimes. People murder, rob, and steal for drugs. Harrison's life of selling drugs in Vermilion Parish bought him a cell at Angola State Penitentiary. If you are a career criminal and there is solid evidence you are selling drugs in Vermilion Parish, come to court with your bags packed and your toothbrush because you are going to prison."