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On January 15, 2020, in the Sixteenth Judicial District Court, Iberia Parish, Orien
Ambrose Landry Jr.,39, was sentenced to forty years at hard labor for Second Degree
Cruelty to a Juvenile. Landry pleaded guilty to the crime on October 15, 2019. On
November 4, 2015, the fourteen-month-old victim was in the care of Landry at Landry’s
residence when the child sustained massive brain, skull and eye injuries requiring an Air
Med emergency transport to Lafayette General Medical Center and immediate brain
surgery. At the sentencing hearing, evidence was presented by multiple medical
experts that the life-threatening injuries sustained by the juvenile victim were nonaccidental, and resulted in systemic, life-altering, and permanent damage. Assistant
District Attorneys Craig Colwart and Janet Perrodin prosecuted the case for the
Sixteenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
In imposing the maximum sentence, Judge Vincent Borne found that the crime was
among the worst type offenses committed by one of the worst offenders. Because this
conviction was Landry’s third felony crime of violence, he will not be eligible for good
time or parole.