Two "YOUNG BLACK THUGS" plead GUILTY to CARJACKING a N'Orleans Judge!
Two "YOUNG BLACK CARJACKERS" have pleaded guilty to carjacking Orleans Parish Criminal District Judge Frank Marullo outside his Carrollton home in May. Marullo, 74, the longest-serving judge in Louisiana, said Saturday he has not given much thought to the robbery since it happened and has remained undisturbed by it. He was not harmed in the robbery, though his car was totaled.
Demetrius Givens Jr., 19, was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to carjacking and simple robbery. Leonard Robinson, 19, pleaded guilty to the same counts and was sentenced to three years. The case was adjudicated by Robert Burns, a retired Jefferson Parish judge who was appointed to handled it.
"I think the sentences were fair," Marullo said. "They're young offenders. ... I think the sentences were really fair."
The outcome for a third defendant, who was tried in Juvenile Court, could not be determined.
Police caught Givens, Robinson and the juvenile in the Hollygrove neighborhood shortly after one of the carjackers crashed Marullo's car into a utility pole in the 3500 block of Leonidas Street, about two miles from the judge's house. Police had been chasing the vehicle.
Marullo said he had dined at Mandina's restaurant on May 21 and was getting out of his car at his home in the 7900 block of Birch Street when five men approached and demanded the vehicle. He handed over his wallet and keys to his white 2011 Mercedes-Benz 300 Series sedan.
He said he thought the two other carjackers were never caught, just like an intruder he wrestled with inside his home in the 1980s. "I really don't have any particular feelings about it," he said of the fact that some of his assailants remained at large.
"Really, I've been doing this for a long time. I'm in my 40th year there, so I've been very familiar with this kind of situation, so I was not affected in any way," Marullo said. "When you deal with this thing every day, every day, it doesn't give (one) a lot of thoughts about it," Marullo said. "That's what I do every day, is listen to criminal defendants. Crime's part of my life."