- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Prosecutors say a convicted felon found guilty last year of beating a St. Francisville man at a north Baton Rouge convenience store should be sentenced to life in prison as a habitual offender.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1nT11tU) 44-year-old Donald Ray Dickerson had three prior felony convictions when an East Baton Rouge Parish jury convicted him in June of second-degree battery in the brutal Mother’s Day 2013 attack. Prosecutors filed the habitual offender charge on Thursday.

State District Judge Lou Daniel scheduled a hearing and sentencing for April 21.

Dickerson is contesting the attempt to classify him as a fourth-felony offender.

Dickerson’s lead attorney, Bernard Blair, complained outside Daniel’s 19th Judicial District courtroom that East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors are overreaching and overreacting.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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