Allen Robinson, 35, was sentenced in Fourth Judicial District Court to 30 years for aggravated second-degree battery and 80 years for second-degree kidnapping. Judge Wendell Manning said the sentences are to run consecutively without benefit of probation or suspension of sentence. Robinson was sentenced as a habitual offender, which allows for a maximum sentence.
Manning told Robinson that he wished the defendant could suffer the same pain as his victim, 23-year-old Ester Freeman. Freeman and her sister, Alicia Freeman, spoke with the media after the sentencing saying that justice was done. "He got what he deserved," said Alicia Freeman. "I just wish I could take an iron to him like he did my sister."
When District Attorney Jerry Jones started describing the torture that Ester Freeman went through the night of Oct. 10, 2010, a roar from some of those in attendance caused Manning to reprimand them. Several left the court room and court personnel locked the doors for the remainder of the sentencing.
After the sentencing, Jones said he is extremely pleased with the sentence even though defense attorney Charles Kincade said he will file a motion asking the judge to reconsider his lengthy sentence. The motion is generally a prelude to filing an appeal with the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport.
Robinson was convicted on the two charges in October and it only took the jury 15 minutes to return guilty verdicts against him.
Even though Robinson was not charged with domestic abuse, Jones said Robinson's continued abuse led to the tragedy. "He'll never torture another woman. This sentence will send a message that the (court system) is saying no more will this be tolerated."
Jones said cooperation from everyone involved in the case led to Tuesday's sentencing outcome. He especially thanked the nurses and doctors at LSU Health Sciences Center (E.A. Conway) for saving the victim's life and testifying. He said one of Robinson's former girlfriends, Tonya Hamilton, actually went to Robinson's apartment he shared with Ester Freeman, and rescued the victim, putting her life in danger.
Hamilton, who has two children with Robinson, had called the defendant wanting to know why he didn't pick up the children that evening as planned. She became suspicious with the answers she got and went to the apartment to check things out.
Hamilton and two other former girlfriends testified about Robinson's abusive ways, especially if he was drinking alcoholic beverages.
Manning noted from the presentence investigation report that the nurses and doctors, who treated the victim, had never seen anyone tortured to that extent. He said they had more than 100 years of experience "and they had to call their supervisors to help them get through it."