Baker man jailed for online comments during ‘Lil Boosie’ trial
“I got a sniper rifle for Hillar Moore when he walk out the courthouse.” Twitter posting by Dedrick Green
After serving less than three months of a 2-year prison term his attorney called excessive, a judge put a Baker man on probation for 5 years Wednesday for threatening East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III and others during last year’s murder trial of rapper Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch.
State District Judge Richard Anderson, who had sentenced Dedrick Deandre Green in late June, acknowledged during Wednesday’s court proceeding he was giving Green, 22, a “big break.”
The judge said he believes Green has the ability to turn his life around.
He added Green has a good work history.
“You mess up and you’re going back to prison for five years,” Anderson warned Green, who wore a black and white striped prison jumpsuit.
Green, who pleaded guilty in March to public intimidation, assured the judge he will have no further issues with him.
“You won’t have to worry about me,” he said. “I know better.”
Green posted the following message on the social network site Twitter on May 5, 2012: “I got a sniper rifle for Hillar Moore when he walk out the courthouse,” according to an affidavit of probable cause. Green also wrote the same day that Hatch should be freed before Green shoots the “court house up,” sheriff’s deputies said.
Moore, who did not attend Wednesday’s hearing, said afterward in an email he has no quarrel with Anderson.
“I respect and defer to Judge Anderson’s judgment. He is in a much better position than I am to make this judgment,” the district attorney said.
“I hope that the defendant abides by his conditions of probation and will become a good citizen of Baton Rouge.”
Those conditions include undergoing a mental health evaluation, completing an anger management course, submitting to random drug testing, possessing no firearms and refraining from using Twitter.
Prior to Green’s June 28 sentencing, Moore wrote to probation officers that Green’s threats were a concern to Moore and his children. He also told the officers that Green’s behavior was unacceptable and warranted some prison time.
Anderson said Wednesday that Green’s car and home were searched, but no gun was found.
Green’s attorney, Chris Alexander, filed a motion in early July asking Anderson to reconsider Green’s sentence.
In the motion, Alexander said Green’s Twitter post was an “admittedly ill-advised message.”
Anderson drove that point home Wednesday, saying, “It just hollers out stupidity all the way through.”
“You don’t seem to be a bad guy,” the judge added. “You got wrapped up in this and did something really, really stupid.”
“I went to bat for Mr. Green because I thought he was worth going to bat for,” Alexander told the judge.
Afterward, outside the courtroom, Alexander said, “I told him he better earn this by learning from his mistakes and making his life count the second he hits the street.”
Assistant Attorney General Kurt Wall disagreed with Alexander’s characterization of Green’s original sentence as being excessive but said the Attorney General’s Office took no position on the motion for reconsideration of sentence.
The Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case because Moore’s office recused itself.
Green’s Twitter posts were written under the username “Dixie Goon225,” which detectives said they determined to be Green through an investigation and by comparing Green’s profile photo with his driver’s license.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Green on May 7, 2012, after finding him in state District Judge Mike Erwin’s courtroom watching Hatch’s first-degree murder trial, which was being conducted under heavy security even before the threats were made. Green admitted posting the messages but said he was just “fooling around,” an affidavit states.
Hatch, of Baton Rouge, was acquitted May 11, 2012.
He remains imprisoned on drug charges.