‘Habitual offender’ sentenced to 55 years after stealing car with no gas in it
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans man will spend 55 years in prison after stealing someone’s car with no gas in it due to his previous violent offenses, according to District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s office.
Police in Slidell say Arsenio Wells, 32, waved a gun at a man who was trying to pump gas at the Shell station on Old Spanish Trail on Thurs., Dec. 23, demanded his keys, and took off in his vehicle.
Wells fled on I-10 in the victim’s Nissan Altima but was reportedly spotted by officers fueling up in the stolen vehicle at a gas station on Bullard Avenue in New Orleans East. Police say he sped off again, this time crashing the vehicle on Read Boulevard after a high-speed chase. After fleeing that scene on foot, authorities say Wells was captured and taken to jail.
DA Montgomery says Wells pleaded guilty as charged on Aug. 1. The next day, Wells was sentenced by District Judge Scott Gardner to 55 years in prison for armed robbery, 40 years for carjacking, and 20 years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The lengthy sentence was handed down due to Wells’ three prior armed robbery convictions, making him a “habitual offender,” Montgomery’s office said.
The court ordered the sentences to run concurrently with each other without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
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