Shreveport Man Sentenced to Serve 21 Years
A Shreveport man must serve 21 years in prison after his conviction in Caddo District Court on drug and gun charges in early February, a Caddo Parish judge decreed Thursday, March 2, 2023.
Santavius Deangelo Bailey, 34, was found guilty February 9 of aggravated flight from an officer and two weapons charges, was sentenced to 15 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm, three years for aggravated flight from an officer, deemed to be a crime of violence, and illegal possession of stolen firearms. District Judge Chris Victory ordered the terms to be served consecutively for the total of 21 years.
On March 26, 2022, Shreveport police responded to a restaurant on Monkhouse Drive after getting reports that an inebriated man tried to fight employees. Given a description of the drunk's vehicle, police attempted to stop Bailey for questioning. But he drove off at a high rate of speed down Monkhouse and Jefferson Paige Road, going into oncoming traffic, leaving the roadway multiple times, running a stop sign and a red light until he drove his car into a ditch. Bailey was ejected, along with a handgun and other items, through the windshield. Police later found the gun, which had been reported as stolen.
Bailey was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Sam Crichton and Victoria Washington. He was defended by Dave Knadler and Michael Enright
Kudos to those who've worked to get this guy behind bars, but as I look at his terms, I have to wonder how much time of the 21 years will he actually serve? Will "Justice Reinvestment" let him back among those of us who follow the law in the next three years?