Edgard man sentenced for attempted murder

Published 12:15 am Wednesday, April 25, 2018

EDGARD — A local man was sentenced to more than four decades in prison last week, the result of a 2015 shooting outside an Edgard nightspot.

Judge E. Jeffrey Perilloux sentenced 27-year-old Corey Bartholomew to 40 years with the Department of Corrections for attempted second degree murder and five years for aggravated criminal damage to property.

The sentencing took place April 16, according to the St. John the Baptist Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, and came without the benefit of probation or parole.

By identical 10-2 margins, a St. John Parish jury found Bartholomew guilty Nov. 2, with Perilloux ordering a pre-sentence investigation prior to sentencing this month.

The verdicts ended a trial that began Oct. 30 and followed a violent altercation that took place Dec. 13, 2015, in the 200 block of Edgard’s East 6th Street.

St. John Sheriff’s Office’s deputies said the nighttime shooting took place in the street near a popular lounge.

Authorities said Bartholomew turned himself in to detectives the next day at the Criminal Investigations Division.

Police said the shooting left a Killona man with a wound to his neck, describing the victim as a 26-year-old, who was initially treated at an Edgard home on East 14th Street.

Emergency medical services later took the victim to a New Orleans-area hospital for treatment.

According to the Clerk of Court’s office, prosecutors offered Bartholomew a plea agreement that came with a 10-year sentence that was rejected.

“This was a case where we could not have done it without the courage and cooperation of the victim,” District Attorney Bridget A. Dinvaut said.

“The detective in the case is now with a federal law enforcement agency, so he came in and has been cooperative in all of his cases since leaving the Sheriff’s Office. Without those two things, the conviction nor the sentence would be possible.”