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Driver in drive-by purse snatching sentenced to 40 years

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Chasidy Carpenter (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office) Chasidy Carpenter (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Surveillance image from video recorded during attack. Surveillance image from video recorded during attack.
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LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) -

A 23-year-old woman who was convicted of driving the car used in a purse snatching that resulted in the victim being dragged 100 feet will spend at least 34 years behind bars.

The 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office reported Chasidy Carpenter of Tickfaw was sentenced Monday by Judge Ray Chutz to serve 40 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections after being found guilty on August 7 of second-degree robbery. She was given the maximum punishment and must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before she is eligible for parole, according to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.

The attack happened in the parking lot of the Walmart in Denham Springs on November 5, 2012. Perrilloux said the victim and two witnesses gave testimony at Carpenter's trial. The victim told the jury she was loading groceries into her car when someone reached out from a passing car and tried to take her purse, which was on her shoulder.

According to Perrilloux, the purse got hooked on the victim's shoulder, so she had to run alongside the car. He added the driver, who was identified as Carpenter, then sped up to the point where the woman couldn't keep up with the car. She fell and was dragged through the parking lot until the purse strap broke. The victim suffered minor injuries.

Prosecutors said Carpenter and Ricky Anthony Jr., 30, testified they were in Tickfaw exchanging a broken refrigerator for drugs at the time of the incident. Anthony is accused of being the person who actually grabbed the purse from the victim. He is also charged with second-degree robbery. His trial is set for October 21.

The Denham Springs Police Department investigated the crime and was able to get video of the robbery from security cameras in the area. Investigators added Carpenter was identified by witnesses.

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