German guilty of attempted agg. rapeFeb 22nd, 2012 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: news
On Saturday February 11, a Plaquemines Parish jury returned a unanimous verdict finding Leonardo R. German guilty of attempted aggravated rape, aggravated burglary, aggravated battery and simple kidnapping. The case was tried before Judge Kevin Conner by Assistant D.A. Joe Roberts and 1st Assistant D.A. Bob White.
The offenses occurred on April 26, 2009, in Braithwaite. District Attorney Charles Ballay called it “one of the worst crimes committed in Plaquemines Parish in recent years.”
The victim was in her apartment when the defendant busted through her locked doors, dragged her to another apartment, beat her and threatened to shoot her, forcefully putting a gun in her mouth, chipping her teeth. Although the victim testified the defendant made her perform oral sex, the lack of physical evidence caused the jury to return a verdict of attempted aggravated rape.
Because of the victim’s fear of the defendant she moved out of state and was not located until the U.S. Marshal’s Office assisted in the search. She was located several states away.
Because of the defendant’s conviction for attempted murder in Texas in 1993 for a similar offense – putting a gun in the victim’s mouth during a rape – the District Attorney’s Office intends to file a Habitual Offender charge to enhance his penalty. In the Texas conviction the defendant was sentenced to 20 years but was released on parole in 2002.
The defendant is facing a sentencing range of 10 to 50 years for the attempted aggravated rape, 1 to 30 years on the aggravated burglary, up to 10 years for the aggravated battery and up to 5 for the simple kidnapping. If he is found guilty as a habitual offender, he would be sentenced to no less than 25 years and as much as 100 years.
Sentencing is set before Judge Conner for April 17.