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December 10, 2013

Babineaux sentenced in armed robberies

DUNCAN — A Duncan teenager was sentenced Monday for his role in a series of armed robberies of convenience stores earlier this year.

Tre Demetrius Babineaux, 18, was one of four Duncan teens arrested in relation to three armed robberies that took place toward the end of March. The other teens included Dakota John Smith, 19; Quincy Sahtoren Barnes, 20; and Peyton Thad Graham, 20.

Babineaux was the only one charged as a youthful offender.

Babineaux was charged with three counts of robbery in the first degree. For each of the charges, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison with all but 15 years suspended, for a total of 15 years. Each of the counts will run consecutively.

He was also remanded to pay court fees and to pay $1,360.70 in restitution.

The state requested 45 years with all but the first 35 years suspended for each count.

Don Herring, attorney for Babineaux, said spoke to the court in behalf of Babineaux, stating the crimes extended from a drug habit the defendant has had throughout his life.

“Mr. Babineaux is remorseful,” Herring said. “We want him to get out at a young enough age he can put his life back on track and become a productive member of society.”

Stephens County Judge Brent Russell said the remorse displayed by Babineaux doesn’t dismiss the seriousness of the crimes because a gun was used.

“It could have resulted in criminal violence,” Russell said.

With the 45-year sentence, Babineaux could be 63 years old by the time he is released from prison. After that, he will be supervised for two years.

Babineaux has to serve at least 85 years of his sentence, which would be 38 1/4 years. He received credit for time served.

Smith, Barnes and Graham will appear in court next in January. Jury trial is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 13, 2014, and felony docket call will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 2.

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