Woman gets 40 years in Denham Springs car dragging case

A Tickfaw woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for dragging a woman by a car through a Denham Springs parking lot.

The victim testified she was loading groceries into her vehicle on Nov. 5, with her 2-year-old child in her shopping cart, when someone reached out from a passing vehicle and tried to pull her purse from her shoulder, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Wednesday.

The victim could not get the purse off her shoulder and had to run alongside the moving car.

Chasidy Carpenter, 23, who was driving the car, sped up and began dragging the woman through the parking lot until the woman’s purse strap snapped, the District Attorney’s Office said.

A jury convicted Carpenter on second-degree robbery on Aug. 7 following a two-day trial.

Carpenter was sentenced Monday by state District Judge Ray Chutz in Livingston.

Carpenter and her co-defendant, Ricky Anthony Jr., have denied they were part of the robbery. They testified they were exchanging a broken refrigerator for drugs in Tickfaw at the time the robbery in Denham Springs occurred, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Anthony is set for a trial Oct. 21 on a charge of second-degree robbery.

Carpenter will have to serve at least 85 percent of her sentence before she becomes eligible for parole, the District Attorney’s Office said.