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Apr 23, 2010 11:08 AM by Sharlee Jacobs

Reduced Sentence Sought for Guillory

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A man suspected in the slayings of three
women in Baton Rouge is asking a judge to reduce the 50-year
sentence he received last month in the attack of a Lafayette woman.
Jeffery Lee Guillory's attorney argues that the 50-year-term the
maximum allowed for the crime is excessive.
A hearing on the issue is set for May 13.
Guillory, 43, was convicted of attempted second-degree murder
and second-degree robbery in a December 2007 attack on Johnnie Rose
Martinez.
State Judge Edward Rubin sentenced him to serve 40 years at hard
labor on the second-degree robbery charge and 50 years on the
attempted murder charge, to be served at the same time.
Guillory's attorney, Randal McCann, argues in a court motion for
a new sentence that the prison terms are "constitutionally
excessive."
Guillory was accused of beating Martinez after dragging her into
a wooded area in Lafayette, then stealing her purse and later using
her stolen credit card.
Prosecutors are still pursuing charges against Guillory of
unauthorized use of an access card in connection with the incident.
Guillory remains a suspect in several other unsolved killings of
women in the Baton Rouge area.
He was arrested on Dec. 16 in the slayings of Florida Edwards,
Sylvia Cobb and Renee Newman between 1999 and 2002 in Baton Rouge.
The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office has not
yet brought Guillory's case before a grand jury.
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