LaPlace man facing possible life sentence; found guilty for aggravated battery

Published 12:10 am Saturday, November 19, 2016

EDGARD — Prosecutors could be seeking a life sentence for a St. John the Baptist Parish man found guilty this week for aggravated battery.

A six-person St. John Parish jury convicted Henri Lyles, 42, of LaPlace Wednesday following a two-day trial before Judge J. Sterling Snowdy, according to District Attorney Bridget A. Dinvaut’s office.

Henri Lyles

Henri Lyles

Authorities said Lyles, 42, attacked a former girlfriend in her home with a thirteen-inch knife Feb. 1, 2015. The victim suffered cuts to her fingers defending herself against the knife, requiring medical attention.

During the attack, according to authorities, Lyles strangled the victim to the point she briefly lost consciousness and lost control of her body. The victim’s two children were present in the house during the attack.

Lyles was apprehended immediately by the St. John Sheriff’s Office.

According to Dinvaut’s office, Lyles faces up to ten years in prison as a result of this conviction. Lyles’ sentencing is scheduled Jan. 19, 2017. He has two prior felony convictions, including a conviction for manslaughter, authorities said.

“Dinvaut plans to file a multiple offender bill against Lyles, charging him as a habitual felony offender,” a release from the District Attorney’s Office said. “If the Court finds Lyles to be a habitual offender, his sentence could be increased to life in prison.”

Assistant District Attorney Justin Lacour led the prosecution, assisted by Shelley Deville and Henri Dufresne.