BR man convicted of 2010 carjacking in Gonzales

A Baton Rouge man was found guilty Friday of armed robbery in a July 2010 carjacking at the Gonzales Garden Apartments off Airline Highway and could face a mandatory life sentence if prosecutors choose to bill him as a habitual offender.

First Assistant District Attorney Larry Buquoi said Chief Judge Alvin Turner Jr. of the 23rd Judicial District Court found Dean Favron guilty of armed robbery Friday after a two-hour trial at the Ascension Parish Courthouse Annex in Gonzales.

The district encompasses Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes.

A conviction on armed robbery brings up to 99 years in prison, but Favron, 30, 8614 Hickcock Drive, Baton Rouge, could also face a life sentence if found to be a habitual offender, Buquoi said.

Favron has four other convictions in West and East Baton Rouge parishes, including two carjacking convictions and a conviction for aggravated assault of a police officer, prosecutors said in a news release Friday.

Turner remanded Favron to the Ascension Parish Jail near Donaldsonville, pending his sentencing, and ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Buquoi said the investigation usually takes 30 to 60 days.

“The bottom line is we’re going to take a look at this, and we’re going see what happens with the (armed robbery) charge and make a decision whether to habitual offender him or not,” he said.

Favron is accused of sticking up a driver with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver about 3:31 a.m. July 20, 2010, at the Gonzales Garden Apartments, taking the man’s car keys and $4 in cash, and driving away, prosecutors said.

Favron led authorities on a chase through Gonzales by car and ran away after being stopped at the entrance of the Village at Fountain Lake Apartments, Gonzales police have said. Favron was found later hiding behind air conditioner units in the complex off Orice Roth Road.

Favron shed most of his clothes while he ran away but officers found them and other evidence they used to tie him to the robbery, prosecutors said.

Buquoi said Favron waived his right to a jury trial and did not take the stand in his own defense Friday, Buquoi said.

Prosecutors have also separately billed Favron on multiple other counts from the same incident, including three alleged burglaries at Gonzales Garden apartments. All those charges are still pending.

Buquoi said that when Favron was still seeking a jury trial, prosecutors pursued the armed robbery charge in light of his previous convictions and the prospect of billing him as a habitual offender with a new conviction.