A convicted armed robber was sentenced to 35 years in prison Monday.
Brian Gilbert’s sentence was handed down by 26th Judicial District Judge Jeff Cox. Gilbert pled guilty to armed robbery with the use of a firearm and was sentenced to 35 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. He will receive credit for time served, and it was recommended he seek substance abuse treatment.
The charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and illegal possession of a stolen firearm were dismissed.
Gilbert was named as the gunman in the armed robbery of Harris Corner Store in Minden, when he and co-defendant Ladarrius Shelton were reported to have stolen money from the store at gunpoint.
Shelton was also sentenced Monday on the charge of attempted first degree robbery. He was sentenced to 14 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. He will receive credit for time served, and it was recommended he seek substance abuse treatment while incarcerated.
In June, a mistrial was declared in Shelton’s case, and then he pled guilty to attempted first degree robbery immediately following his trial, says assistant district attorney Hugo Holland in an email to the Press-Herald in June.
Had Gilbert been convicted at trial, he faced 49 and a half to 198 years in prison because of a prior felony conviction, Holland said.