Keithville man convicted of severely beating Shreveport man

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A Keithville man was convicted of crimes that included a beating that left a Shreveport man with multiple skull and jaw fractures.

On Wednesday the 12-member jury unanimously found 31-year-old Taurean Lamar Thomas guilty as charged to one count of second-degree battery and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The jury determined that on June 22, 2016 Thomas beat Ronald Reddix in the 300 block of East 74th St., inflicting the severe injuries, and then stood over Reddix and had a friend shoot a video of him holding a handgun celebrating the beating.

Thomas previously had been convicted of simple burglary of inhabited dwelling in April 2011, for which he received an eight-year sentence at hard labor and for which he was still on parole at the time of the attack on Reddix.

When Thomas returns to court Nov. 20, he faces a fine of up to $2,000 and up to eight years in prison, the first 18 months to be served without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence, for the second-degree battery conviction, and 10 to 15 years in prison without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence for the weapons possession conviction.

However, prosecutors plan to ask for enhanced sentencing based on Thomas’s prior convictions.

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