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Dejuan Guillory's sentence was deferred, records show

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Since Dejuan Guillory died in an officer-involved shooting, questions have swirled about his criminal record.

In August 2015, he was arrested and accused of using a backhoe to steal an ATM from a bank, and of shooting at a police officer who came to investigate.

In December 2016, he pleaded no contest to simple criminal damage to property and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Half of that sentence was suspended, leaving a five-year sentence to serve, followed by five years of probation. 

Evangeline Parish court records show that the five-year sentence was actually deferred.

Occasionally a plea deal is worked out that allows a defendant to plead no contest or plead guilty to a charge, and his sentence is put on hold while he is given a chance to stay out of trouble. If the defendant does not get arrested or get in trouble during a set period of time, the original sentence may be suspended or even, in some cases, the original conviction may be removed from the person's record. 

Read our previous story HERE.

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