RICHMOND (Covering Fort Bend News) – A 30-year-old Louisiana man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the 2017 aggravated assault in a Richmond home. Derrick Damon Blakes was found guilty by a jury of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to Assistant District Attorney Stacie Carr, Blakes assaulted his partner with a large kitchen knife at a home in the Richmond area on Sept. 30, 2017, before barricading himself in the home to avoid an arrest by law enforcement. When the Sheriff’s Office responded, Blakes refused to exit the home and fought the deputies that eventually subdued him. During the punishment hearing, the state presented evidence of Blakes’ prior criminal history and multiple incidents of violent behavior involving the victim.
“Derrick Blakes demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the law and law enforcement,” said Carr. “Thanks to the jury’s verdict and the judge’s sentence, the victim was able to get the peace and justice deserved.”
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in this case is a second-degree felony punishable by 2-20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Because a weapon was used to commit the crime, Blakes must serve at least half of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.