Sentencing for man convicted in 'wrong neighborhood' brutal beating rescheduled

Sentencing for man convicted in 'wrong neighborhood' brutal beating rescheduled

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man convicted of a brutal beating at a Baton Rouge gas station in 2013 was set to learn his punishment, however his sentencing was rescheduled to be held on January 22, 2016.

In June, an East Baton Rouge Parish jury made up of six people found 42-year-old Donald Dickerson guilty in the so called "wrong neighborhood" trial that resulted in a family getting beaten.

Dickerson was convicted of beating David Ray at a Chevron gas station near Plank and Scenic Highway. Ray's wife and daughter were also attacked. Some believe the attack is believed to be racially motivated.

Now convicted of second-degree battery in the May 12, 2013 attack, Dickerson faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison because the East Baton Rouge district attorney plans to use Louisiana's habitual offender law against him. Dickerson has previously been convicted of armed robbery, purse snatching and a sex crime involving a juvenile.

The delay in the sentencing is due to prosecutors waiting on documents from the Department of Corrections.

District Judge Lou Daniel will ultimately decide if Dickerson is considered a habitual offender under the law and then must decide on the appropriate sentence, which could include life behind bars. Dickerson is currently in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, and has been since May 2013.

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