Livingston Parish purse snatcher sentenced to 40 years

Livingston Parish purse snatcher sentenced to 40 years
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POSTED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 3:03pm

A 23-year-old woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for snatching a woman’s purse. Because the attack was violent in nature, the woman will be required to serve 85 percent of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.

Chasidy Carpenter, of Tickfaw, was sentenced for Second-Degree Robbery on Monday, Aug. 26. The incident originally happened on November 5, 2012.

The victim was loading groceries in her vehicle. Her 2-year-old child was in the shopping cart at the time. That’s when Carpenter drove up in a vehicle and attempted to snatch her purse.

The victim was unable to get the purse off of her shoulder and, and was forced to run alongside the moving car. Carpenter accelerated to a point where the woman could no longer keep up. The woman fell to the ground and was dragged through the parking lot until the strap eventually snapped.

According to the prosecutor, Carpenter and her co-defendant, Ricky Anthony, Jr., also testified at trial, stating that they were exchanging a broken refrigerator for drugs in Tickfaw at the time the robbery occurred.

The Denham Springs Police Department was able to retrieve video footage of the robbery from nearby security cameras. The defendant was also identified in a photo line-up by witnesses.

Carpenter was given the maximum sentence for Second-Degree Robbery.

Anthony, who is also charged with Second-Degree Robbery, is set for trial in Division H on October 21, 2013.

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