Man on probation in robbery, shooting of Metro Councilman’s son, arrested again

Thornton recently released for robbery of councilman’s son

Terrance A. Thornton, 21, recently spent more than 500 consecutive days in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison before his release in late September, about two weeks after he pleaded guilty in the February 2012 robbery and shooting of Thomas Loupe, son of Metro Councilman Chandler Loupe.

Now, Thornton’s back behind bars, accused of driving a stolen car, possessing synthetic marijuana and running from police in the 1700 block of Bynum Street on Tuesday night, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

On Aug. 14, state District Judge Louis R. Daniel handed Thornton a sentence of five years hard time and five years probation for accessory after the fact to armed robbery and criminal conspiracy possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV drugs. Daniel suspended four of those five prison years and Thornton received credit for his time served, so he was released, said Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Tuesday’s arrest violated his probation.

“He can now go back and be resentenced if he’s found to have violated his probation,” said Hillar Moore III, East Baton Rouge Parish’s district attorney.

Nearly two years ago, on Feb. 3, 2012, Thornton and his then co-defendant, Tyler Coleman, planned to rob three boys, including Thomas Loupe, then 15, during a drug deal in the 1600 block of Mary Lou Drive, according to police and court documents.

During the robbery, Tyler Coleman, then 16, fired a shot that struck Loupe, paralyzing him. Coleman pleaded guilty to negligent injuring and armed robbery in August, and is serving a 20-year prison sentence.

On Nov. 26, a Baton Rouge police officer pulled over Thornton after he allegedly failed to signal while turning on to 18th Street from Government Street, police said.

The officer found the Jeep’s information suspicious. But a check in a stolen vehicle database came up empty and he let Thornton go, according to a probable cause document.

A few hours later, the officer learned the vehicle had, in fact, been stolen — the report hadn’t been filed in the database at the time of Thornton’s initial stop.

On Nov. 27, the officer went to Thornton’s Bynum Street residence and found the Jeep, but no Thornton, an affidavit says.

At about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers patrolling the 1700 block of Bynum Street saw Thornton and approached him, which prompted him to run behind his house. Officers saw him toss a bag of synthetic marijuana to the ground and they soon arrested him, according to a probable cause document.

On Friday night, Thornton remained in Parish Prison on a $17,500 bail and a probation hold.